Rio Branco Institute
|Instituto Rio Branco|
|Established||April 18, 1945|
|Director||Amb. Georges Lamazière|
|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, emcompassing 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:
- First phase: pre-selection exam
- Second phase: written exam on Portuguese
- Third phase: written exams on Brazilian History, Geography, Law, Economics, International Politics and English
- Fourth phase: written exams on Spanish and French
- Fifth phase: Application into the Graduation and Improvement Program and submission of documents required by law
The Ministry of External Relations established the following prerequisites for admission:
- Possess Brazilian citizenship by birth;
- Possess an undergraduate degree recognized by the Ministry of Education of Brazil;
- Be up-to-date with military and electoral obligations; and
- Possess a clean criminal record
- Instituto Rio Branco Official website (in Portuguese)