Instituto Rio Branco
|Established||April 18, 1945|
|Director||Amb. Gisela Maria Figueiredo Padovan|
|Students||134 (sep-dec 2011)|
The Rio Branco Institute (Portuguese: Instituto Rio Branco; Abbreviation: IRBr) is a graduate school of International Relations and diplomatic academy located in Brasília, Brazil. The institute was created on April 18, 1945, as part of the centennial celebration of the birth of the Baron of Rio Branco. The IRBr is run by the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil.
Graduation from the IRBr is the only possible entrance point into the diplomatic career in Brazil.
The Rio Branco Institute offers a career program and two advancement courses.
The IRBr's Graduation and Improvement Program is a one-year-and-a-half program of studies, encompassing studies in fields such as History, Economics, Politics, Law, Foreign Policy, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Arabic. After successful completion of the course, students are confirmed in the Foreign Service as Third-Secretaries.
Admission to IRBr is achieved through a five-phase entrance examination:
The Ministry of External Relations established the following prerequisites for admission: