This program offered by Legacy International (USA) in partnership with the Center for Language and Culture is part of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth. Forty US students and three adult escorts  travel to Morocco and explore new cultures, develop friendships, and increase knowledge of Arabic language and Islamic culture. The program is  6 weeks long, intensive, academic, and highly interactive.

The Arabic Language Institute Program has a two-fold purpose: one linguistic, and the other cultural. The linguistic element provides intensive formal language instruction in Modern Standard Arabic to U.S. high school students at the beginning and intermediate levels. The program is a cultural and linguistic immersion in the Arabic-speaking world, including home stays, site visits, student roundtables, and lectures. Legacy has provided this program to US high school youth since 2006. Read participant testimonials.

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Program Results:

  • Improve their Arabic language skills, and their ability to communicate with people from Arabic cultures.
  • Learn about the bases and sources of Islamic thought
  • Gain tools and skills to potentially advance future career goals.
  • Increase appreciation for the cultures, lifestyles, and social systems of the Islamic world.
  • Gain necessary tools with which to understand the elements of modern Moroccan society, and by extension, other Muslim societies worldwide.

U.S. Department of StateALI is part of  the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides full, merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.NSLI-Y is part of a broader government-wide presidential initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world.  TO APPLY to the  Arabic Language Institute program, fill out initial applications on the NSLI  website

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

Letter from Alumni Tyler Jones, Arabic Language Institute  2008, 3 years later reflects on what he learned from his experience in Morocco.