NSLI-Y is part of a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. Now more than ever, it is important that Americans have the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to promote international dialogue and support American engagement abroad. NSLI-Y aims to provide opportunities to American youth that will spark a lifetime interest in language learning.

Legacy International is one of 11 organizations nationwide that implements the National Security Language Initiative for Youth.  Our NSLI-Y program takes place in Morocco throughout the year.  Our Summer programs last six to eight weeks and operate out of two cities:  Marrakesh and Rabat. Thirty students are enrolled in language classes and receive at least 120 hours of classroom language instruction during the program. Students participate in a variety of cultural activities designed to enhance their language skills. The program also includes opportunities for community service.

Our Academic year programs offer a unique eight to ten month language immersion experience for a group of 10-12 students. Students receive at least ten hours of intensive language instruction per week. Students also participate in classes and activities at local educational institutions in the host location. There are numerous opportunities for cultural and volunteer activities throughout the school year.

Read participant testimonials.

 Program Slideshow

A letter from U.S. high school student, Holly Ratcliffe, who attended Legacy’s NSLI-Y program, shows the impact of these “life changing” programs on participants.

Letter from Alumni Tyler Jones, NSLI-Y 2008, 3 years later reflects on what he learned from his experience in Morocco.


U.S. Department of StateThe National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.

TO APPLY to this program, fill out initial applications on the US government National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) website. Legacy’s NSLI-Y programs include home stays, site visits, student roundtables, and lectures.  Legacy has provided this program in partnership with the Center for Language and Culture to US high school youth since 2007.