Higher Education in Iran

Higher Education in Iran

Universities and research institutes in Iran are open to all eligible Iranians and non-Iranian applicants.Two main ministries are responsible for directing the science, research and technology. The first and the largest one of the two, is the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology (MSRT), which is in charge of all the courses of Basic Science, Human Science, Engineering, Art, Agriculture, and in charge of universities, research centres and all Science and Technology Parks. The second is the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME), which oversees the integration of the delivery of health services and medical education, all medical universities and also the Clinical courses. From 1988, non-profit private universities were allowed to operate.

There are two main types of higher education institutions in the country:

  1. University (public and private) - comprehensive, specialized, applied sciences, distance learning, medical, or private.
  2. Research Institution


For more information about the admission procedure, please visit the websites of the Universities in Iran or contact cisc@msrt. ir in this Ministry.