The United States, along with five world powers reached a deal with Iran about its nuclear program that has been the center of debate for about a decade. Part of the agreement will also benefit Iranian students studying abroad.
The agreement puts really strict limitations on Iran’s nuclear activities and in return, the country will receive $6 billion in foreign assets that have been frozen and relief from sanctions. This deal was drawn up by members of the United Nations Security Council–the United States, United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, as well as Germany.
Also in this deal, part of the money made from Iranian oil revenues will be used to provide direct tuition payments to universities and colleges abroad where Iranian students are studying. This money will also be used for humanitarian trade abroad as well, such as food and medicine.
Almost 8,750 Iranian students studied in the United States during the 2012-2013 academic year, about a 25% increase from the previous year. Iran ranks 15th among countries sending students to the United States. Most of the students are graduate students.
This deal for right now is temporary. It’s meant to last six months and then all the powers will come back together and see how things are going. If everyone is happy then it will be made permanent.
The country of Iran claimed to be developing nuclear fuel and technology for years, claiming it was just for scientific research. It’s still unclear if the country has any nuclear weapons.
If you would like more details, we recommend this blog by the Washington Post.