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Learning is constant and lifelong. If you are going to continue your education in humanities and social sciences in Iran and want to enjoy high-quality academic excellence, Allameh Tabataba'i University is a perfect choice. ATU Admissions Office has tried to make the admission process as simple as possible. Please read the follow the following instructions and follow the steps to apply for education in ATU.

How to Apply

Allameh Tabataba'i University's application process is online; there is an online application form you need to submit). You can also contact the Admissions Office through any of the following email addresses:


Once you contact these email addresses, you will receive the application form. Please fill out the form carefully and make sure you have attached all necessary documents. In case any part of your application is incomplete, your admission process will be paused until the Admission Office receives all your documents. Please bear in mind that before filling out the application form, it is better to decide on and determine your level of study (e.g. BA, MA, PhD) and your choice of major, program or course (e.g. Law, Political Sciences, Economics, Persian Language and Literature, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, etc.).
After completing the application form, ATU Admission Office will review it and will take into consideration a number of facts in evaluating each applicant. Early decision will be made by at least 2 months after receiving application. Each application then goes through the following stages:

  1. Authenticity and validity of provided information and documents will be evaluated and will be reconciled with regulations and university's manuals of style.
  2. Scientific competence of the applicants will be evaluated by ATU Vice-President for Education and the relevant department and the result will be announced to ATU Directorate of International Academic Cooperation.
  3. Institutes which have given scholarship to foreign students (just in case) will be informed of confirmation or rejection of the applicants. Those applicants who afford the costs of their education themselves will be informed by ATU Directorate of International Academic Cooperation.
  4. When to apply
    Every year, application starts 1 April and continues to 10 March. Each academic year in ATU is composed of two semesters, one starts in mid-September and the other in late January.

Justifiable Applications

  1. Having non-Iranian nationality (along with a valid passport that proves this fact)
  2. Having the prerequisite degree for entering the next level which will be proved by Iran's Ministry of Science, Research and Technology.
  3. Applicants in all three levels of education, including BA, BSc, MA, MSc, and PhD have to pass courses on Persian language in ATU International Centre for Persian Language and Iranian Studies of  or in other centres for Persian Language learning.
  4. Having a confirmation letter of their scholarship from Iran's Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, or Organization of Culture and Islamic Relations, or other organs and institutions, inside or outside the country (just in case).

Note:Please bear in mind that in majors or colleges in which the instruction is given in any foreign language, students have to provide documents which show their proficiency in that language. Simultaneously, the applicant needs to pass Persian language learning courses. Students who have not been successful in getting a scholarship and can afford their educational charges themselves will be evaluated regarding the validity of their educational degrees. In case of any sort of inconsistency, the student's admission process will be stopped.

Please feel free to contact us at ATU Admission Office via email:



  1. BA/BSc candidates must have a High School Diploma or Pre-University Degree or a substitution (equivalent) for it with an average of 14 or above or a substitution according to Table A.
  2. The average of MA/MSc candidates must be 14 or above in BA level or a substitution according to Table A.
  3. PhD candidates average must be 15 or above in MA/MSc level or a substitution according to Table A.
  4. PhD candidates must present a proficiency certificate in one of the creditable English language proficiency tests (Table B) which is not expired.
Table A: Average Scales





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Table B: Reliable English Proficiency Tests































Resume or CV is a representation of your backgrounds and skills. This document is one of the most important parts of your application. Please make sure that your resume is clear, up-to-date, and accurate. A resume has different sections, all of which must be written with great care. ATU Admissions Office recommends that your resume includes the following sections:

  • Personal and contact information: Please include your name, gender, nationality, telephone/cellphone number, complete postal address, email address, fax, etc.
  • Education Highlights: Including your previous education, beginning and ending year of each mentioned academic period, thesis title for thesis-based degrees, GPA of each academic period, attended seminars or workshops etc. 
  • Work Experience:The Work Experience Section is the place for detailing your previous employment information. This section includes: places you have worked, titles/positions you held, short description of responsibilities and duties, your employment dates for each job, etc.
    NOTE:Our first and foremost priority is those jobs which have some relevance to your academic background or your intended academic programs in the future.
  • Publications:Published scholarly articles, contributions in scientific/academic publications, conference papers, books, etc.
  • Language Qualifications: Level of proficiency (beginner, intermediate, advanced, native etc.) of any language you know, name and score of any official language tests you have taken etc.
  • Skills:This section covers the following skill sets and abilities:
    • Computer-related skills (e.g.: hardware, software, languages, programming)
    • Industry-specific skills
    • Soft skills (e.g.: teamwork, leadership)
    • Foreign language ability
  • Accomplishments Section: This section includes:
    • Honors and awards
    • Scholarships
    • Memberships to student and professional organizations
    • Volunteer work
    • Activities and interests
Motivation Letter:

This letter is an important document in your application. Motivation letter helps the admission committee members to become acquainted with you, your abilities, your present and future goals, and your experiences. In this letter, you have the opportunity to explain the reason(s) you chose ATU as your future academic destination and convince the authorities that you are one of the most qualified among many other applicants. Although your own unique style of writing is of utmost importance, certain points are prepared by ATU Admission Office so that you can write a more accurate and efficient letter.

Content: Motivation letter is vital to the admission procedure; therefore, try to invest a good deal of time on it. Please make sure to include enough information about the following points.

  • State the level and your major of interest clearly.
  • Clearly explain the reasons for your interest in that specific field. Elaborate on the aspects of that major or program which are important to you and motivate you to pursue your studies in that major.
  • Mention your future goals and explain how those purposes can be achieved by studying that specific major and through studying in ATU.
  • Explain the reasons why you should be accepted in ATU.Try to convince the Admission Committee members by referring to your skills and abilities.Making requests or appeals only serves to weaken your status as an applicant with potentials.

Organization and Format: It is highly recommended to observe the organization of the content in your letter carefully because a great content written in disorganized manner cannot carry much of an impact.

  • Avoid unclear and ambiguous statements. Make sure your ideas are clearly explained. Please ensure that your statements do not contradict with each other.
  • Pay attention to the division of ideas and paragraphs.Avoid fragmenting an idea by putting it in different paragraphs.

Neatness and Order: Not only does a motivation letter reflect your future aims, it also represents your personality as a student or scholar.

  • Avoid handwriting.Neatness is highly recommended in your letter.
  • Proofread your letter once or twice and make sure you have not made any spelling or grammatical mistake.
  • Make sure that the file's quality is sufficiently high and the content is as clear as possible.
Recommendation Letters

A letter of recommendation highlights your academic and/or professional achievements. A well-written letter gives ATU Admission Committee detailed information about the person you are and professional person you will grow into. Letters of recommendation are a significant part of your application process.
Please bear in mind that if you are an MA or PhD candidate, letters of recommendation must be written by two of your references/professors. BA candidates need to provide only one recommendation letter. Please provide complete personal and contact information of person or persons you have introduced as your references.(We will contact them based on the contact information you provide here).Please feel free to use our online template.