Rio De Janeiro

Brazil - Petroleum Engineering

The Offshore Well Control course is designed to go a step beyond normal well control courses.  It reviews classic pressure control procedures and covers non-classic well control procedures.  Well control is a complex and critical aspect of any drilling program.   A robust well control program ensures the safety of the workforce, the reliability of equipment and protects the environment from the release of hydrocarbons.

This course will focus on the critical lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon tragedy.  After completing the course, the participant should not only know classic well control procedure but should thoroughly understand it.  The course will include lectures, well control simulations, technical visits, and field trips.  This course will be taught in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with some classes to be held at Petrobras University which is the training center for the new professionals of the company.  

Locations and Dates

    • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • Dates: January 2 - January 14, 2018

Location Information

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Pre-departure Class Schedule - December'17 (College Station)

8:30 - 10:00 class class class
10:00 - 10:15 coffee break coffee break coffee break
10:15 - 11:45 class class class
11:45 - 13:30 lunch break lunch break lunch break
13:30 - 15:00 class class class

For more information contact

Faculty Leader

Dr. Heitor Lima
Department of Petroleum Engineering
Room RICH 901H
(979) 845-2926

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Engineering Activities Building A

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Ms. Xiaoshuang Wei
Study Abroad Program Office
3262 TAMU | (979) 845-0596

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Courses Offered

PETE 489/689: Offshore Well Control (3 CR)

Prerequisites: PETE 225 or approval of instructor

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Good academic standing with university
  • Attendance at ALL study abroad program specific meetings and attendance at the general orientation workshop in the semester prior to departure
  • Application process will be first come first serve as long as applicants meet requirements

Scholarship & Financial Aid


The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid offers scholarships based on merit and financial need. Applications are available through the university’s Scholarships & Financial Aid website and deadlines are listed on the website below. The Continuing Student Scholarship application opens September 1, 2017 and closes at 11:59 pm October 10, 2017. To apply, please visit:


Texas A&M University College of Engineering guarantees a scholarship for every student who has a 2.5 or higher GPA at the time of program application. There is no need to apply for the engineering scholarship, as it is automatic if students meet all of the requirements listed below:

  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA at time of application
  • Satisfy the course requirements for admission
  • Be admitted and confirmed by October 10, 2017
  • Required to attend all Study Abroad Programs Office (SAPO) and College of Engineering pre-trip orientations
  • Submit requested documents by deadlines

Financial Aid

Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of Texas A&M University study abroad programs. If you have any other questions, please contact the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid (2nd Floor Pavilion) or (979) 845-3236.

Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Program Office for financial resources:


Students must have a passport or proof of passport application by the program application deadline. TAMU students are encouraged to apply on campus at the Study Abroad Programs Office. For more information click here.


The following chart estimates the total out of pocket expenses a student may have participating in this program.
Cost subject to change.

Estimated Program Fee (subject to change)Cost
Housing, Tours, Excursions, Group Meals, Coordination and Administration, Faculty Expenses, Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), SAPO Administrative Fee, Miscellaneous $1,900
Additional Expenses (not included in program fee) 
Tuition & Fees (in-state resident for 3 credit hours)* *
International Airfare $1,800
Passport (if not previously obtained) $145
Visa $160
COE Competitive Scholarship (guaranteed) for students with a 2.5 GPA at time of application $500
Petroleum Engineering Scholarship (guaranteed) for PETE students  $500
Total Estimated Cost$3,005

*Check the Student Business Services website ( for exact tuition/fee amount as it varies per student.