Iran as a civilization is one of the oldest and richest in the world, and modern Iran bears the memory of that rich and glorious heritage. As this country continues to play a more active role in both regional and global cultural and political arenas, the inherent advantage of cultivating a deeper understanding of Iran becomes increasingly apparent.
Organized by the Open Education Department at the University of Religions and Denominations (URD), the Iranian Studies Intensive Course provides an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary platform for the study of modern Iranian culture, politics, and society. It seeks to deliver an academically and professionally enriching experience and offer a unique academic program for those who wish an intimate, insider's look at modern Iran.
The Iranian Studies Intensive Course is a well-balanced mixture of 1) academic lectures by outstanding professors, 2) handpicked social programs, and 3) cultural tours guided by experts of the filed. The academic lectures give you plenty of opportunities to better understand contemporary Iran. The social programs give you the chance to take part in reflective events and activities to taste real life experiences in Iran. And the guided tours of Iran let you truly immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere that Iran has to offer.
The main purpose is to allow those interested from abroad to explore Iran, to be directly in touch with their subject of interest, to learn about Iran from a multidisciplinary academic approach and to gain first-hand experience of living in Iran like a local.