Welcome to The Bahá'í Institute for Higher Education
The Bahá'í Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) was founded in 1987 in response to the Iranian government's continuing campaign to deny Iranian Bahá'ís access to higher education. As its graduates excel in post-graduate studies internationally, BIHE's commitment to high academic standards, international collaboration, and its innovative teaching-learning environment is increasingly recognized. BIHE offers 56 university-level programs across 5 faculties and continues to develop and deliver academic programs in Sciences, Engineering, Business and Management, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
Faced with unrelenting religious persecution involving a wide range of human rights violations, including systematic denial of access to higher education, BIHE developed several unique features which have become its defining strengths. Courses delivered at the outset by correspondence, were soon complemented by in-person classes and tutoring. Over time, this was accompanied by leading-edge communication and education technologies . In addition, an affiliated global faculty (AGF) has been established comprised of hundreds of professors from accredited universities outside Iran who support BIHE as researchers, instructors, and consultants.
The need to create a new university for those who were denied access to higher education captivated the talents and minds of exceptional faculty and staff from within Iran. For over thirty five years they have dedicated their efforts to building an exemplary institution and cultivating a student body prepared for fulfilling careers, further studies, and social responsibilities. BIHE provides its students with the necessary knowledge and skills to not only persevere and succeed in their academic and professional pursuits, but to be active agents of change for the betterment of the world.
BIHE is at the forefront of experiential education with a variety of options in every discipline. From arts and humanities to business, sciences and engineering, students can pursue their educational aspirations in any one of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees in one of the five BIHE schools.
Expand your intellectual horizon and accelerate your career path by pursuing a graduate degree taught by world class faculty who use the most modern approaches, systems and technologies to deliver exceptional programs.
BIHE offers several associate degree programs that allow students to earn AA or AS degrees in a shorter amount of time. Explore these programs for an opportunity to start your career sooner.
Set yourself up for success in your undergraduate studies. First-time freshmen can prepare to complete degree requirements with ease.
Many distinguished universities from around the world have extended invitations to BIHE graduates for further education. The university has been recognized for its “constructive resilience” approach that has enabled it to function in adverse situations. See a partial list of universities and learn about the latest recognition.