Recently, I read a book titled "The Confederation" which has a very interesting historical review of The Confederation of Iranian Students, National Union from late 1950s till late 1970s, the last years of its activity. Confederation was a very strong anti-shah student organization which played an important role among the oppositions of the Shah's regime. What strikes me about this organization and its several tousands members, all Iranian students living outside Iran, is how much active they were at those times when the only tools of communication were expensive phone conversations. For more than 20 years, Confederation had regular annual gatherings where they were attended by student representatives from all around the world. They were responsible for many anti-Shah demonstrations in Europe and North America which had a great impact on raising international pressure on Shah.
While reading the book, I kept comparing those times with the recent years. Despite the significant increase in the number of Iranian students outside Iran, there is not much political activism one can see, if any. You rarely see students signing an online petition and almost never, you can find them organizing a demonstration. Probably, the only political student organization outside Iran which still exists is the Union of Islamic Studentsí Associations in Europe which has some kind of affiliation with the Iranian government. There may be several other groups using the label of Iranian students but they can hardly represent even a small group of Iranian students.
I know, it's been almost 30 years and the world has changed a lot. We, too.