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As a student of Urmia University of Medical Sciences, you will get experience of a busy and memorable life on campus. Apart from your classes based on weekly schedules, you have a plenty of activities to pursue on campus.

First of all, at UMSU, academic work and tasks are not limited to classrooms, libraries and laboratories. Each week, different schools host various conferences and gatherings that concern on different topics and in different fields. You can look for such activities and take part. For some events, you may be asked to act, or be given the choice to volunteer, as a member of an event's organizing committee. These are wonderful opportunities to engage in different tasks and get to know your classmates and friends in a new environment.
Also, different student associations and groups are also active in different schools. Their range of interests is extensive and includes activities such as scientific or academic work, different publications and magazines, recreational pursuits such as mountaineering etc.
You may also opt to participate in sports. UMSU has numerous sports teams for both girls and boys in different fields, as well as the necessary resources and equipment to train and support its athletes. If you are skilled in a particular sport and would like to pursue your interest as a member of a team, you can compete for a place in one of the university's teams. Be aware though: The competition is fierce!

In UMSU, we place high value on recreational extra-curricular activities. Full-time, non-stop studying without experiencing other aspects of life does not have a place in UMSU. We encourage our students to engage in recreational and leisure activities, as well as bringing their A-game to the academic arena. With this mindset, we at UMSU use every opportunity to organize events and activities for our students. These events include tours to places around Urmia and Iran, holiday celebrations, various student competitions, exhibitions, workshops etc. Be on the lookout for these events and make sure to find some time in order to participate in as many as you can.
The most important aspect of being present on campus is the high level of interaction and engagement you get with your peers. It is highly important, for any university student, to establish and maintain connections with numerous classmates and friends from the same academic environment. Studying, talking, dining, walking, and all other imaginable activities can help you grow and develop as an individual, provided that they are carried out in your social group. Fortunately, the great number of UMSU students at different levels, Iranian or international, means you have a unique opportunity to fulfill all your expectations of a vibrant and active university community.

Life at UMSU and its one-of-a-kind academic and non-academic environments will most certainly provide you with a special way of life. Don't miss out on experiencing it firsthand!

 

Pre Arrival

You will enter Iran with a one-month visa. We will assist you to convert your entrance visa to a student visa. When you receive your visa and purchase your ticket to Iran, inform us of your arrival date at least 10 days in advance by forwarding a copy of your ticket to us in order for the university to arrange a transport from the airport to your place of residence. Please inform us of any changes concerning your arrival. The next business day after you arrive, you should refer to the Office of Admissions to complete your registration. Our staff and advisors at the Office of Admissions are available to assist you with your needs. 

 

Required Documents

Required documents for registration are:

In order to apply for admission to UMSU, the applicant needs an application folder including:

1.     Application form ×2

2.     High School Diploma/Secondary School Certificate/Higher Secondary School Certificate with its complete transcript of records (Minimum GPA of 3.00/4.00 or equivalent) signed and sealed by the IRI embassy or consulate in the applicant's country (submitting the original confirmed document at the time of registration is necessary).

3.     A copy of all pages of the applicant’s passport ×2.

4.     3 recently taken photographs (3×4 cm)

5.     A medical certificate to prove that the applicant does not have any contagious disease (HIV, HBV and HCV) or any other disease incompatible with the medical profession (confirmed by the IRI embassy or consulate).

6.     A Resume or C.V.

7.      A letter of application or motivation identifying your major and level of interest (*Optional)

All educational documents need to be approved (signed and verified) by:

- The Institution which has issued the degree;

- The Ministry/Department of Education;

- The Ministry/Department of Foreign Affairs.

All documents need to be original, and copies should be proved same as original by the Head of the Certification Issuance Authority. 

 

Insurance and Bank Account

Students will be provided with health and sports insurance. Moreover, residents who work in hospitals will also be covered by professional liability insurance. Moreover, students will be assisted to open a bank account in Iran after completing their registration. The relevant bank will issue a debit card which can be used in ATMs around the city.

 

Visa Process

You will enter Iran with a one-month student visa. After visiting your school and familiarizing yourself with your schedule and surroundings, we will accompany you to the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology in order to process your one-year student visa. 

 

Accommodation

Student housing provides wireless Internet service for residents. Our housing units are double- or triple bedroom apartments. Each bedroom is equipped with two single beds. The apartments are furnished with table and chairs as well as a TV set. Each unit has an independent shared kitchen which is furnished with basic appliances, refrigerator, microwave oven, washing machine, an iron, and an ironing board.

 

Language and Religion

The Iranian people are a multiple ethnic linguistic group. The official language in Iran is Persian (Farsi), though there are a number of other languages and dialects that are used in different regions of the country. With regard to religion, currently more than 90 percent of the total population is Muslim. 

 

Weather in Iran

Spring

Spring in Iran is mild, and most of the rainfall seen in Iran occurs during the spring and winter periods. 

Summer

Summer weather in Iran is typically hot and dry. 

Fall

During the fall season, Iran has fairly mild weather. 

Winter

In the winters, Iran is typically cold with snowfall. 

 

Food and Dining

Most shops in Iran sell a range of bread, dairy products, canned foods and other groceries. However, if you have special needs, it is recommended to think ahead and come prepared. Bakeries around Tehran specialize in different types of Iranian flat bread, baguettes, sandwich bread or toast. Various types of meat can be easily found around the city, especially beef, poultry and fish. Rice is also abundantly found and is the main source of carbohydrates in Iran. Restaurants, cafes, and fast food and sandwich shops are also available all around Urmia.

 

Dress Code

The word hijab refers to:

- The head covering traditionally worn by Muslim women;

- Styles of dress in general.

Following Islamic rules including Hijab or the Islamic dress code is necessary while in Iran.

- The body should be covered with loose clothes. Arms should not be bare;

- Legs and feet should be covered down to ankles;

- For women, hair should be covered. Scarf is the most common covering for the head.

 

Money Exchange

You are able to exchange money inside Iran. It is recommended to exchange some money at an official organization before you enter Urmia. Generally, shops and services do not accept foreign currency. Certain bank branches and numerous money exchange offices can be found around the city that can easily change most world currencies to the Iranian Rial.

 

Dining

Traditional Iranian foods are truly diverse, and they range from various kinds of stews to different types of roasted meat and kebabs, fried dishes to baked dishes, numerous soups and pottages to an assortment of salads, desserts, sweets and confectioneries. You have an endless number of choices to enjoy all types of delicious edibles.

The university has scheduled a partial lunch-plan for its students on university workdays, i.e. Saturday to Wednesday, for a subsidized fee. Holidays are also excluded from this plan. Remember that breakfast and dinner are not included.

Although both international student dormitories have fully equipped kitchens and various appliances, students can eat out if they wish. Apart from hundreds of food stands you can find on every street corner, Urmia is filled with all types of food service businesses.

If you want to try traditional Iranian food, you can go to restaurants around the city or call numerous catering services to have the food delivered to wherever you want. In case fast foods are your choice, you can get any type imaginable in different parts of the city, from sandwiches and pizzas to different deep-fried dishes. You can try both of chain restaurants and single branch diners. Moreover, if you look around, you can find places where international food is on offer. Although these international restaurants are not so many, their number is on the rise. You can mostly find Indian, Chinese, Lebanese and Italian cuisines in these places.

In case you are thinking about enjoying an afternoon with your friends or have a pleasant alone time with yourself, there are numerous cafés and coffeehouses around and about. You can take part in a lively and interesting conversation with your friends while having a scoop of ice cream or sip your coffee while you quietly read your book and enjoy every second of your time. Such places, as well as ice cream parlors, juice bars and snack bars, can be found all over the city.

Trying the Iranian range of edibles is certainly a great experience, and we are sure once you have had a taste, you will come back for more!

Students housing

Urmia University of Medical Sciences provides its students with high quality accommodation in recently constructed residence halls. 

Our dormitories are two- or three-bedroom apartments. Most of the rooms are double occupancy and all rooms are furnished with beds, drawers, closets, desk, sofa set, and chairs consistent with the number of students in each room. Each room is equipped with a television set and has internet access via hard-wired data ports as well as wireless systems.

Both dormitories have lobbies equipped with television sets, sofas and armchairs, which turn this space into a common room where students can come together and enjoy their time. Other facilities include prayer rooms in both halls, cyber rooms where you are provided with computers and high-speed internet, personal lockers, and sports rooms which include various exercise and sports equipment.

Our international residence halls provide opportunities for students to become part of a diverse residential learning community that promotes personal growth and development. Living in such an environment is filled with the challenges and excitement of living and learning. The Office of Student and Cultural Affairs is responsible for the social, recreational, and cultural programs for residents, the management of residence halls, and the implementation of residential policies and procedures. Student activities are also planned by this office.

Please note that if you have special requirements such as, but not limited to, special soaps, washing products, personal medical equipment, etc., please think ahead and come prepared. Local shops are within walking distance and students are able to shop for themselves, yet make sure you have all your absolutely crucial belongings for your first week. Keep in mind that most shops in Urmia do not accept foreign currency.

We promise you that your stay in Iran during the course of your studies will be really pleasant.

 

Sports and Recreations

 

UMSU offers sports and recreation facilities and programs in schools, dormitories, and the university. Some of these programs are as follows:

  • Organizing exercise programs in various sports fields
  • Sports competitions
  • Sports Conferences
  • Sending the selected sport teams to University tournaments
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