Representative Office of Tehran University

  • University of Tehran is a public institution and considered as the most comprehensive university in the country. Rooted in Jondi Shapur University which dates back over 2,000 years, UT was established in 1851 and ratified in 1934 as the first modern university in Iran. The University’s main campus is located in Tehran, the capital city, however, there are more than 8 campuses belonging to UT in different parts of the country. Persian is the main language of instruction at UT, however, English also is recognized as the second language. UT follows a semester-based academic calendar. UT, from the outset, bore the title of “Iran’s largest Academic Institution”, and now, after around 170 years since its establishment, the University of Tehran still gleams like a gemstone aloft in the firmament of Iran’s scientific knowledge, holding such noble titles as the “First Modern University in Iran”, “Iranian University”, and the “Symbol of Higher Education in Iran”.


Nationally, University of Tehran is the first choice of almost all students in all disciplines and only top 10% of the students can enter the university through the Iranian University Entrance Exam (Iran’s Konkoor). Fully empowered with research, innovation, market skills, and demands, UT graduates are playing a central role in the country’s wide range of industry, agriculture, science, technology and innovation as well education, social, and cultural sections, making a vital contribution to the nation’s development, and eventually leading to the success of the country’s governance.


Research at UT takes place in all academic divisions; including humanities; engineering, physical and life sciences; medical sciences; and social sciences. It takes place across a range of disciplines in more than 60 research centers and more than 550 Laboratories.

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research funding including funds from the government, industry, community and other sections.

UT library network, which supports more than 30 faculty libraries, is Iran’s biggest academic library which comprises more than 1.3 million physical volumes.

Current joint projects between St Petersburg University and University of Tehran:

  • Organization of the series of joint online lectures on Russian-Iranian relations in historical terms and at the current stage. for students of St Petersburg University and University of Tehran
  • Organization of student exchanges between University of Tehran and St Petersburg University
  • Creation memorial statues of famous Iranian and Russian scientists Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda and Dmitri Mendeleev at St Petersburg University and University of Tehran
  • Publication of Almanac of modern Russian Prose and Almanac of modern Persian prose in Iran and Russia in order to strengthen cultural ties between Russia and Iran

Beginning of Iran-Russia relations dates back to 1521.

In 2021, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between Tehran University and St Petersburg University. The Rector of St Petersburg University, Nikolay Kropachev, paid an official visit to the oldest university in Iran. Also, at the present time, a virtual Representative office of St Petersburg University operates at the University of Tehran.

Language testing

The International Center for Persian Studies, University of Tehran has been offering on-campus Farsi courses to more than 23,000 students from 1989 until November 2019. Dehkhoda Institute started offering online Persian teaching courses since 2019 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and around 684 students have joined these so far to learn to speak Persian.

Please note that although Dehkhoda can obtain Student Visas for the Persian Learning applicants to come to Iran, their classes will still be online. We will keep you informed on further updates about Dehkhoda’s on-campus Farsi learning courses.

You can learn more about the opportunities for learning Persian language here.

To participate in online Persian courses, you are required to fill out the application form, by sending your passport, ID photo, and CV or final college/ university degree and emailing us the 4-digit ID number you receive after completing the application up to one week before the course starting date.
If you have some knowledge of the Persian language, one of our colleagues will contact you via Skype and give your Persian level assessment test. This test is for free.