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Why Study in Iran?

There are many reasons for international students to consider studying in Iran. Universities in Iran are known for their science and technology programmes, due to its plentiful energy resources.

Iran has a long and interesting history in higher education. You can find evidence of higher education institutions existing in Ancient Persia, although many of the institutions you will see today were founded in the 20th Century. There was an education reform in the early 1980’s. Due to this all universities closed and reopened adopting new ideologies.

About Iran

Located in Western Asia, Iran is important in international energy security and world economy thanks to its large reserves of petroleum and natural gas. It is the 18th largest country in the world with a population of over 81 million and dates back to 2800 BC.

Culture is an important part of Iran today, with nearly 5000 years of history to draw upon. The people of Iran have an interesting way of life, something that international students from outside of Western Asia may have never experienced. Having said that, immersing yourself in a new and unknown culture is a fantastic way to open your eyes and get a truly different study experience.

The official religion of the country is Shia Islam, but you will find people who follow other branches of Islam, as well as Christianity and Judaism. Religion plays a large part in the country’s culture, art, education and government. This is something to be aware of, as although it would be a brilliant experience, Iranian life could be considered very different to life in a Western country.

The Azadi Tower shown here lit up at night, is located in Tehran, Iran
The Azadi Tower is located in Tehran, Iran and marks the west entrance to the city
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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.

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