Multi-campus institution, recognized by Ordinance No. 708, of May 19, 1992, is headquartered in the city of Erechim (RS), being maintained by the Integrated Regional Foundation, a non-profit, technical-educational-cultural entity, headquartered in the city of Santo Ângelo (RS). URI is affiliated to the Consortium of Gaucho Community Universities (COMUNG) and the Brazilian Association of Community Universities (ABRUC). The academic units are located in the municipalities of Erechim, Frederico Westphalen, Santo Ângelo, Santiago, São Luiz Gonzaga and Cerro Largo.
As shown in the image below, the administrative structure is divided into: Rectory (Rector and Pro-rectory of Teaching, Research, Extension and Post-Graduation and Administration); Campus Directorates (General, Academic and Administrative Management) and Departments (Exact and Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering and Computer Science, Health Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Applied Social Sciences, Humanities and Linguistics, Letters and Arts). All connected in order to guarantee the full development of URI's activities.