Founded in 2004, the USP (Sao Paulo University) International Relations Institute mission is to promote research, education and the dissemination of knowledge in the field of international relations; to strengthen academic links with national and foreign institutions and to proliferate the public understanding of world affairs. The IRI is committed with a multidisciplinary approach regarding world affairs, bringing together expertise in the fields of Law, Political Science, Economy and History.

The academic staff is formed by professors with exclusive dedication to the institute as well as political scientists, economists, historians, jurists, administrators and sociologists belonging to other USP departments and involved with research and teaching in international relations.

The Institute offers Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees in international relations. It also holds a Post doctorate Program, aimed at doctors recently titrated in national and foreign institutions and an International Researchers Program with the objective of receiving international academics for a limited period of time.