UMass Amherst prohibits Iranian national students from taking engineering and science courses

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In what it claims to be an attempt to begin complying with a more than two-year-old US law, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has said that it will no longer allow Iranian citizens to enroll in many of its science and engineering programs. The schools says that the policy is “unfortunate” but necessary to comply with sanctions against Iran. However, the law that it cites doesn’t actually appear to require this. The university references the “Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012,” which prohibits Iranian citizens from receiving US visas if they intend to attend college and then return to Iran to work in energy, nuclear, or related fields.

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