Washington gave Tehran a nice gift for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year: The U.S. Treasury’s sanctions office issued a general license early Thursday authorizing academic exchanges between the U.S. and Iran.
Under General License G, issued by Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. academic institutions can enter student-exchange agreements with Iranian universities, and provide scholarships to Iranian students seeking to study in the U.S. In addition, Iranian students can participate in online courses and Iranians can take university entrance and professional certification exams:
Academic Exchanges. Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this general license, accredited graduate and undergraduate degree-granting academic institutions located in the
United States (collectively, “U.S. academic institutions”), including their contractors, are authorized to enter into student academic exchange agreements with universities located in Iran (collectively, “Iranian universities”) related to undergraduate or graduate educational courses, and to engage in all activities related to such agreements, including, but not limited to, the provision of scholarships to students enrolled in Iranian universities to allow such students to attend U.S. academic institution
More at the WSJ.
As one radio talk show host commented, imagine telling your son to enter a student exchange program with Iran – they would reply- “What did I do that made you hate me so much?”