Mission and Vision


The Institute of International Studies aims to develop teaching, research and public outreach activities, which requires understanding the world from multiple perspectives, by taking advantage of the knowledge and theoretical frameworks of various academic fields, such as history, political science, international relations, international law, sociology, anthropology, philosophy and economics. The goal is to establish connections between these different perspectives, to understand how they relate and come together. Its main mission is to contribute to the understanding and analysis of international affairs, based on a multidisciplinary approach, which takes advantage of different disciplinary perspectives; in other words, it does not imply simply crossing the boundaries between two or more fields of knowledge. In an interdisciplinary way, it looks to integrate theories, methodologies and points of view of various disciplines, in order to explore their connections and blur the boundaries between them, from the University of Chile to Latin America and the world.

For these purposes, the Institute has a Postgraduate School and two academic units: International Relations and Global Public Policies, and International Legal and Economic Relations. Likewise, the directorate has the support of research, public outreach, economic and administrative staff.

The Postgraduate School has the function of organizing, developing, administering and imparting the postgraduate degrees and diplomas, according to the quality standards of the University of Chile. It constitutes the body that the students of the institute are affiliated to.

The academic unit of International Relations and Global Public Policies is responsible for research, teaching and public outreach activities in areas such as international relations theory, global studies, foreign policy analysis, comparative foreign policy, the history of international relations, strategic studies and regional studies, among others.

For its part, the academic unit of International Legal and Economic Relations, develops - principally - research, teaching and public outreach activities in areas related to international law, human rights, international humanitarian law, the law of the sea, Antarctic law, international economic relations, international political economy, international negotiations, and trade policy.

The Institute of International Studies depends on the rectory of the University of Chile and is governed by the rules of University Decree No. 0014095, of May 19, 2010, which establishes the General Regulation of Institutes; supplemented by the specific regulations of this academic unit, set out in University Decree No. 003378 of January 11, 2019.


The vision of the Institute of International Studies is to be a point of reference for international studies in Latin America, on the basis of a pluralistic, concerted and active reflection and commitment to the development of international thought, on Latin American and world politics. It also looks to promote a comprehensive economic-administrative management, which includes both the efficient use of resources and the generation of new sources of financing to strengthen the Institute for International Studies and the academic development of international studies in Chile, and its international projection.