Iran Lifestyle and Culture

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The importance of knowing the culture and lifestyle of your desired study abroad country is that you do not have to worry about getting embarrassed once you are there. This is a pivotal part of the process of immersing yourself into a new environment and country!

As you should expect, the Iranian culture is diverse and unique in its way to your host family. On this guide, we have set information that will open your mind and widen your appreciation of the Iranian culture and lifestyle compactly!


The region that is Iran today is home to one of the oldest human civilizations and was the center of the Persian Empire, officially the Achaemenid Persian Empire. Dating as back as the 6th century BC, they ruled a huge area that covers modern day north Africa, Turkey, sections of the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, all the way to west India.

This was an important time for fostering the cultural, technological and religious development and even today, foreigners can see remnants of this incredible period in Iran's history.

During the 18th century, Iran became closely connected to Europe with Russia and Great Britain impeding pressure on the Iranian government. Oil was discovered in the 20th century, sparking a war over natural resources, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company was established with the British, which was subsequently nationalized by the Iranian diplomats.

This sparked a major break in a political alliance with Britain, which remains fragile today. Oil, even with sanctions, still remains the major revenue generator for Iran’s economy.


The country’s culture is deeply intertwined with its long and rich history, especially from the Persian Empire. Art, literature, architecture, and music have deep connection which are still visible today. In fact, Persian artifacts can be seen in many leading museums around the globe, such as the British Museum and the Louvre. Iran's society has also been strongly influenced by its neighboring countries, such as Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Turkmenistan in its conduct.

Much of Iran’s culture and lifestyle can be seen in its handicrafts. The art of carpet-knotting dates back centuries and is a crucial industry. Another key art type is intricate metal and woodwork, known as khatamakari or minakari.

These handicrafts are still alive and well, and antique forms can be seen in museums while modern substitutes can be purchased at the bazaars and souqs.

Art and literature thrived during the Persian Empire and although they have been curtailed by rulers and religious restrictions ever since, Iranian contemporary art is a proud culture. There are numerous talented artists whose works can be seen at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Tehran International Short Film Festival depicts leading moviemakers in Iran every October.The people here are warm and welcoming making Iran a perfect destination for study abroad!

We hope after reading through this guide you will find a pleasant stay in the warm Islamic nation. Remember the application process to any of its universities is all done and facilitated through RocApply for FREE comrades!

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