Why Participate?



The M2GATE program offers students the opportunity to:

  • Gain marketable 21st century skills: the multidisciplinary, experiential nature of this program will strengthen your communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience cross-cultural teamwork: an opportunity to collaborate closely with peers from other cultures.
  • Enable positive engagement: The focus on social entrepreneurship will empower you to engage in social issues in your community.
  • Build an innovative resume: Employers are looking for graduates with exactly the type of skills this program will build.


Listen to what participants are saying about the program:

“The opportunity to form relationships with students in these countries through this program is an opportunity unmatched by any other platform at Michigan. It provides a chance to be a part of a community larger than Michigan and myself.” -University of Michigan student

“A great opportunity to learn and develop my skills, the chance to meet people from different cultures from all around the world. I think that what I will learn from this program will help me to contribute positively to my society.” -University of Michigan student

“The chance to have a hands-on learning experience involving social entrepreneurship is an opportunity that I could not pass up. My professor’s enthusiasm for this program only served to heighten my interest and encouraged me to apply.” -University of Michigan student

“This program gives students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to acquire social entrepreneurship skills that will help improve their own communities…and become future leaders.” -Chouaib, Tunisia

“Our world is increasingly becoming smaller, and taking the opportunity to gain global competencies will become a companion in how people develop socially. I feel this program allows you to gain those competencies.” -Adrian, University of Michigan-Dearborn

“What really attracted me to this program is that it makes us students to raise our voice about our country’s social problems all across the world.” -Youssef, Morocco

“Social entrepreneurship is a passion of mine and I want to learn how to do it in the real world, not just in the classroom or in books.” -Kristy, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

“This program is designed well to enhance my entrepreneurial mindset and give me a chance to participate in an actual experience to solve some issues.” -Hazem, Egypt

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience where we could have mentors help us help the world. It teaches team building and valuable communication skills that are essential for any aspiring business[person].” Brett, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

“Exposure to different cultures is one of the most efficient ways of solving obstinate domestic problems.” -Malak, Libya

“I have come across many different programs and organizations that do work internationally but never give you this unique personal relationship with fellow students around the world. M²GATE provides the perfect platform that connects me to students with the same passions and goals as me, but with different perspectives, worldviews and approaches to try and achieve these goals.” -Claudia, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

For an article on the value of similar programs, read this.

Or email us at m2-gateprogram@umich.edu.




The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build global competence and career readiness skills for young people in the United States, the Middle East and North Africa; it is funded by several public and private donors including the U.S. Department of State and the Bezos Family Foundation.


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