FAQ


What does the office of Vice Dean for Research Affairs do?

This office is to create an optimal environment in which all the research affairs at IC-TUMS (Undergraduate & Postgraduate levels) are carried out and managed based on Long-term Research Programs. In addition, this Deputy is to ensure that the policies of IC-TUMS are carried out according to the Defined Research Policies  of TUMS in order to achieve the specified short –term and long- term goals.

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When does this office get involved?

This office gets involved once a proposal is submitted.

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When can a student submit a proposal to this office?

Students must first complete their educational phase and pass their comprehensive exam (for PhD students) before entering the research phase of their program.

*M.Sc. students have to make sure that their proposal will be approved by the end of the 3rd semester so that thay can graduate in the permissable time period (2-2.5 years).

*Ph.D. students have to make sure that they will choose their supervisor by the end of the 2nd semester. They will also have to pass their comprehensive exam and get their proposals approved  by the end of 4th semester.

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Is there a time limit for completion of M.Sc. programs?

Yes, there is. The permissable time period for completion of M.Sc. programs is 2 - 2.5 years.

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Is there a time limit for completion of Ph.D. programs?

Yes, there is. The permissable time period for completion of Ph.D. programs is 4.5 years.

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What need to be submitted to this office in order to start processing a thesis proposal?

In order to commence processing a thesis proposal, this office needs the following documents:

> a completed Proposal Submission Form signed by the supervisor,

> an approval letter from the related department,

> an approval letter from the Postgraduate Council of the related school,

In addition, the student must register at PAJOOHESHYAR SYSTEM to submit the proposal electronically .

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What need to be submitted to this office in order to start processing a non-thesis proposal?

In order to commence processing a thesis proposal, this office needs the following documents:

> a completed Proposal Submission Form signed by the project manager,

> an approval letter from the related department,

> an approval letter from the Research Council of the related school,

In addition, the project manager must register at PAJOOHESHYAR SYSTEM to submit the proposal electronically.

 

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In what language may I submit my proposal?

International students are required to submit their proposal in English.

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Is there a proposal submission form in English?

Yes, there is. You can find the form in the following link and download it,

     http://gsia.tums.ac.ir/en/VPRA/download/15861/Proposal-Submission

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What is the Pajooheshyar System?

It is a proposal registration system. All of the  IC-TUMS thesis and non-thesis research proposals must be registered in this system as well as submitting a hard copy of the completed Proposal Submission Form.

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Who registers a proposal in the Pajooheshyar System?

Thesis research proposals must be registered in the system by students whereas non-thesis research proposals must be registered in the system by the project managers.

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Is there any research funding available?

Yes, there is. IC-TUMS will provide/assign funding to the research projects which have been approved by the IC-TUMS Research Council.

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How much is the maximum funding available for M.Sc. theses?

Maximum amount is 25,000,000 Rials.

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How much is the maximum funding available for Ph.D. theses?

Maximum amount is 75,000,000 Rials.

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What if the required budget of a student proposal exceeds the above amount?

In order to get higher amounts for student theses, proposals must be submitted as research projects by the supervisor. This kind of proposals will go through a further and longer process (which may not be favorable to some students who are anxious to start their research as quickly as possible).

 

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Why does processing a research project (with higher budget) take more time?

According to the TUMS Research Guideline, the research proposals which are asking for higher funding must be evaluated and approved by the TUMS Ranking Committee after they are approved by the related department and the Research Council of the related school, and that makes the process longer.

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Who gets and spends the approved research funding?

The funding is paid directly to the project manager (supervisor) following a contract which is signed between IC-TUMS and the project manager. Then, the project manager spends the funding according to the proposal budget table. 

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When to apply?

TUMS enjoys a rolling application system. Students are able to apply at any time. Our fall semester starts late September, and our spring semester starts late January.

How to apply?

You can apply by visiting our website and completing the online application form. The online application form can be accessed from the link below:

Online Application Form

What will happen after I submit my application?

In case you submit all the required documents, your application will be processed by two committees, and you will be informed of our decision in a period of 8-20 weeks. In case there are missing documents in your application, our colleagues will contact you and ask for the missing documents.

What are the requirements for admission?

You can find all admission requirements in the following webpages:

Undergraduate Requirements

Graduate Requirements

Who is eligible to apply?

With the exception of the following two groups, anyone who has at least finished high school and meets our admission requirements can apply to TUMS:

- Native Iranians: Individuals who possess an Iranian passport

- Iranians with Dual Citizenships: Iranians who possess dual citizenship, i.e. they have an Iranian passport as well as that of another country

Iranian applicants who possess an Iranian passport must take the Nation-Wide University Entrance Examination (known as Konkoor) and achieve the necessary ranking in order to be eligible for being admitted to TUMS.

How much is the tuition fee?

Tuition fee at TUMS varies between levels and certain majors. Follow the link below to find the tuition fee of your intended major and level:

Costs

How and when should I pay tuition fee?

Students are required to pay the annual tuition fees in U.S. dollars, in cash, and at the time of registration.

Who should sign my Letters of Recommendation?

Letters of Recommendation should are highly significant documents in the application process, and you should invest in them as they can be quite influential in your admission.

Individuals who have a good deal of knowledge regarding your abilities, personality, achievements and potentials, and with whom you have had a high level of interaction during your previous academic or professional career, can be suitable for writing and signing your letters of recommendation. These individuals include previous professors and instructors, thesis/dissertation supervisors, dean of school/faculty etc.

Some of my documents are not ready. Should I wait until I get them to send my application?

In order to avoid wasting time, the TUMS Application System allows the applicants to fill out the application form to a certain level and, if need be, continue the application process at a later time. You can submit the documents that are currently ready and send the other required documents at a later time.

When will the final decision be announced?

It takes around 8-20 weeks for the admission committee to process your application and announce its decision.

Why has my application been denied?

TUMS accepts its students based on academic excellence and potential for academic and professional development. Therefore, factors such as relevance of your previous degree, previous academic records, professional capabilities etc. can be influential elements in the final decision regarding your application. The admission procedure is the responsibility of two committees. After your documents are evaluated and accepted in our first committee, the International Campus Preliminary Review Council, your application is presented in the International Students Admission Committee, and the final decision will be announced within one to four months.

I order to check the admission requirements at TUMS, please click on the link below:

Applying

I have applied for one major. Can I apply for another major?

You can send us a new Letter of Motivation requesting the change. There is no need to fill out the online application form again from the beginning. In order to find more information about writing a letter of motivation, please visit the webpage below:

Applying

May I appeal my admission decision or ask to have the decision explained?

There is no need to apply again. In order to have your application processed again, you should write a new letter of application specifying your new major and level of interest. 

How much time do I have for accepting or declining an admission offer?

Your letter of acceptance is valid for one year.

Please bear in mind that it takes about 6-8 weeks to process your entry Visa. Our fall semester starts late September, and the spring semester stars late January. We need your timely response to process your visa.

Please follow the link below to receive and fill out your Visa Study Form:

Visa Affairs

How do I accept the offer of admission?

In order to accept our offer of admission, reply to our reply and attach a completed Visa Study Form. In order to receive and complete the form, follow the link below:

Visa Affairs

How and when will I be informed about my acceptance?

In case your documents are complete, it will take around 8-20 weeks to process your application. You will receive an email with official letters attached.

You have sent my letter of acceptance and Visa Study Form. What should I do next?

Please complete the form carefully and send it back to us so that we can process your student entry visa. Firstly, you will receive a visa number by which you can receive your entry visa from the Iranian embassy/consulate which you have written on your form. After you arrival, our colleagues will help you to convert your entry visa to a long-term student visa. 

I have sent you my Visa Study Form. What will happen next?

We will process your Visa application and submit it to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As soon as they issue your visa number, we will inform you. It takes about 6-8 weeks for your visa number to be issued.

How long does a visa procedure take?

On average, it takes about 6-8 weeks.

What should I do when I receive my visa Number?

Once you receive your visa number, you need to collect your visa. In order to do so, together with your passport and your visa number, visit the Iranian embassy/consulate which you mentioned in your Visa Study Form. You can find the addresses of Iranian embassies and consulates via the link below:

Iranian embassies/consulates

What should I do when I receive my visa number?

Once you receive your visa number, you need to collect your visa. In order to do so, together with your passport and your visa number, visit the Iranian embassy/consulate which you mentioned in your Visa Study Form. You can find the addresses of Iranian embassies and consulates via the link below:

Iranian embassies/consulates

What should I pack?

As airlines will charge you for any luggage exceeding their weight limit (please check such limits with your airline), do not bring excessive luggage with you. TUMS campus is located in the center of Tehran, and you will be able to buy almost everything from the nearby shops.

In terms of weather, Tehran is a four-season metropolis: You are likely to experience mild climate during spring and fall, hot and dry weather during summer and snowy cold weather in winter. If you plan to arrive at Tehran between mid-November to February, make sure you have suitable warm clothes and proper shoes for the snow. If you plan to live in the university’s dormitories, you do not need to pack certain items such as an iron. Moreover, do not overload your luggage with heavy books. You can find most of the books in various libraries within and outside the campus; you can also have ebooks on your USB flash drive or other electronic devices.

I am not arriving via air travel. What should I do?

If you are entering Tehran via other means of transportation, such as bus or train, make all possible efforts to contact the Directorate of International Affairs and Development at TUMS. You should inform us of your expected date of arrival in Tehran, so that we can make prior arrangements for your stay at the university’s dormitories.

What should I do when I get to the airport in Tehran?

You should send us a copy of your ticket approximately 10 days prior to your arrival. We will schedule for a representative to greet you at the airport in Tehran.

Where am I supposed to go for registration?

Students' registration process takes place in the Directorate for International Affairs and Development, Office of Vice-Chancellor for Global Strategies and International Affairs, at the address below:

3rd Floor, Number 21, Dameshgh St., Vali-e Asr Ave., Tehran 14167-53955, Iran 

Tel:  (+98 21) 88 89 66 96
       (+98 21) 88 89 85 31

Fax: (+98 21) 88 85 26 54

How and when should I pay my tuition fee?

You must pay your tuition fee by cash in U.S. dollars. The Office of Financial Affairs, at Office of Vice-Chancellor for Global Strategies and International Affairs, will receive your tuition. If a sponsor is paying your fees, you should bring with you a letter from your funding organization. You will need to deposit the entire tuition fee for the first year of your studies at the time of registration in order for the registration process to be complete. Therefore, please make any necessary prior arrangements for this issue.

How can I extend my entry visa?

After finishing the registration process, you will be accompanied by the university’s Consular Affairs and Visa Specialist to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to process your one-year student visa. You will need to have your passport, 3 photos, and 250,000 Iranian Rials.

Where can I learn the Persian Language and how much does it cost?

For internatioanl students who are awarded type B or C scholarships, TUMS will cover the costs of Persian/Farsi classes at Dehkhoda Institute. All students who are required to attend Persian classes as part of their course requirements need to arrive one semester prior to the beginning of their university classes in order to take part in their Persian classes. Other applicants who are interested in learning Persian can attend theses language classes prior or during their university studies.

Does TUMS have a handbook providing the necessary information for students?

Yes, the TUMS Prospectus is published annually which contains various types of information regarding Iran, Tehran, the University and all TUMS Schools.

TUMS Prospectus