Doc looks at foreign students in Iran

Sahar TV series aims to attract more outsiders

BAGHDAD — University life in Iran for foreign students is the focus of a 14-part series that will soon air via Iranian satcaster Sahar TV.

Documentary series “Science and Art Travelers” compares social conditions and the state of higher education in Iran with those in other countries, the Tehran Times said. It is aimed at attracting more foreigners to attend university in the Islamic republic.

There are some 3,000 non-Iranian students from 80 countries including the U.S., Canada and Spain, studying in Iran — but they make up only a small percentage of the total student population.

The number compares, for example, with about 300,000 foreign students in the U.S. and 70,000 in Japan.

The Tehran government is trying to attract more foreigners in order to broaden cultural, scientific and foreign relations.

Most of the foreign students have been admitted to universities in Tehran, Qazvin, Isfahan, Shiraz and Mashhad. Around 500 have been awarded scholarships by the Iranian government.

Sahar is funded by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) and broadcasts in English, French, Kurdish, Bosnian, Azerbaijani and Urdu. 

It is not seen in Iran, however.