Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA)

Established in 1967, the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) provides intensive advanced Arabic language training at The American University in Cairo (AUC). Since its inception, CASA has trained more than 1,500 upper-level undergraduates, graduates and professors, who complete the program gaining a greater understanding of Egypt and the Arab world. In years when the CASA program does not send students to Cairo, AUC holds its own CASA@AUC program, offering the same instruction and cultural immersion, but administered exclusively by AUC, and not associated with the CASA consortium or the USA hosting University.

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'Nothing Short of Fantastic' - AUC's CASA Welcomes U.S., International Students

"The activities we do are varied and genuinely engaging, the workload is intense enough to be challenging without overwhelming students, and everything we do is through the medium of Arabic. Even new or unknown words are never translated into English — only explained in Arabic."

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CASA Courses

The Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) offers advanced-level training in Arabic language and culture to qualified American students at AUC. 

CASA Courses Offered

CASA Consortium

A consortium of 27 universities and colleges in the United States oversees the various academic, financial and administrative aspects of the CASA program.

CASA Consortium


CASA Students Studied at AUC

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International Students Studied Arabic at AUC

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Center for Arabic Study Abroad Opened


School of Oriental Studies Became Center for Arabic Studies



Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language

Last year, I was part of the prestigious CASA program. I’m very thankful to have finally gotten into the TAFL program at AUC and excited to embark on this journey. Masr minawara bi ahlaha (Egyptian people make the country what it is).

Mark Papai, Hungary
Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language
Photo courtesy of Colette Ghunim.

I immersed myself, absorbing Arabic and the Egyptian culture. Not only was I able to meet some of my best friends and become proficient in Arabic, but my own core beliefs in life's purpose dramatically transformed.

Colette Ghunim ('YAB 13)
Documentary Filmmaker; Digital Media Associate, Skill Scout

For people in the Middle East, and Egypt in particular, being friendly and polite is taken for granted. You walk down the street here and exchange more niceties in a morning than you do in a year in other places.

Ben Wedeman (YAB ’81), Senior International Correspondent, CNN

Casa Online Magazine

In light of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, this online magazine includes some reflections from our special CASA group who have returned back to the United States before the outbreak and the first group to receive two months of online learning.

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Iman Soliman


Executive Director