The IPSA-USP Summer School provides an intensive three-week program. All courses in the IPSA-USP Summer School include a minimum of six hours of teaching time per day. Some courses include additional two-hours of laboratory assignments led by teaching fellows. For other courses, students engage in discussion sessions, group assignments and other activities in addition to faculty lectures.

The IPSA-USP Summer School hosts a series of lunchtime information sessions to provide participants with helpful advice on the profession and professional development. The Summer School also hosts a series of public lectures featuring the faculty in the Summer School. These late- afternoon seminars seek to enrich discussions on how methods are improving the quality of research in the field.

In its social events, the IPSA-USP Summer School facilitates professional networking and encourages the exchange of ideas about the theory and practice of research in the political science and international relations professions.