5 Americans Studying in Tehran Varsity

5 Americans Studying in Tehran Varsity

Iran has granted permission to five Americans to study in a Tehran University master’s program with a few more students enrolling in Persian language classes.
This week, five American students began a two-year master’s program in Iranian studies at Tehran University, said the  head of the program, citing the move “as a real breakthrough” as US citizens were denied visas for years.  “This really is a breakthrough,” said Mahdi Ahouie, head of the Department of Iranian Studies, which under the Faculty of World Studies runs the foreign student program, sputniknews.com reported.  Iranian education officials said last week that 8,800 Iranians were studying in the US, with 6,000 in Germany and 4,000 in the UK. “My hope is they (American students) will take the genuine picture of our country back with them,” Ahouie said. “What we suffer from in Iran – in the US– is they don’t have an accurate image, but just live with fantasies of Iranians as living with a Middle Ages mentality.”
 “The only way for us to normalize relations with the world is to let more foreigners in and see for themselves,” he said.


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