Cost of Studying & Living in Iran
Iran uses the Rial (IRR) as its currency.
You will find both public and private institutions in Iran, and tuition fees will vary depending on which system you choose. On average, international students should expect pay between £700/$900 and £5,500/$7,000 per year in tuition fees.
Living costs for international students will vary depending on your location. The bigger cities, such as Tehran, will cost more than the smaller cities. On average, your living costs will be around £380/$500 to £700/$900 per month. If you want more information about this, the international office at your chosen institution should be able to help.
Another cost that international students need to consider is health insurance. It is important that you have valid insurance, as the healthcare system is not as developed as other countries outside of the bigger cities. You can expect to find some English spoken by healthcare professionals in Iran. Check with your institution about what insurance policies they recommend and what is required.
Iranian Student Visas
International students wanting to study in Iran will need to apply for a student visa. This can be done at the Iranian embassy or consulate in your home country. You will need to take with you two completed visa application forms, a valid passport, two recent passport photos, visa fee payment and official proof of acceptance from an educational institution in Iran. Your chosen institution will be able to provide guidance for this process.
The official language of Iran is Persian, but there are many other recognised regional languages. These include Azerbaijani, Kurdish and Arabic. It is common for English to be taught in schools however, so you can expect most young people to be able to communicate in English. You should make an effort to pick up some of the Persian language throughout your studies, as it will make your experience more enjoyable and would look great on your CV/resume!
If you have limited Persian language skills, you will most likely be able to take language courses to improve those skills over the duration of your programme. You may also be able to take English language courses if it is not your native language. Contact your institution for information about this.
Tehran is the capital city of Iran, and around 8.4 million people call it home. This makes it the most populous city in both Iran and Western Asia. Chosen to be the capital in 1796, Tehran is the 32nd city to be Iran’s capital city, and has since undergone a large scale demolition and rebuild. The city has a developed public transport system of buses and metro trains, and plenty of tourist attractions for you to visit.
The city is considered the most important educational centre of Iran, with nearly 50 major higher education institutions in Greater Tehran. You will find the University of Tehran, which is Iran’s oldest modern university. It is also one of the most prestigious universities in the Middle East. Also located in Tehran is Tehran University of Medical Sciences, which was the first modern centre of medical training in Iran, founded in 1851.
The city of Qom is considered one of the focal centres of the Shia Islam around the globe, making it a highly religious place. There are many seminary schools located in Qom, as well as other research institutions. Most seminary schools will teach their students modern social sciences and Western thought as well as traditional religious studies.
The University of Qom has more than 6,000 students, and is most active in the fields of civil engineering, industrial engineering and physics. You can also find the University of Religions and Denominations located in Qom, where you can study degrees on religions, denominations, sects, cults and many other religious and mystical movements.