Petroleum Field Trip Qatar

This course gives an overview of the well construction process and an introduction to subsea drilling operations. The goal of the course is to provide an insight into the planning and execution of a modern drilling operation with an emphasis on the conceptual design and detailed engineering design calculations involved in planning a well.
Topics covered include well planning; rock mechanics; rotary drilling processes; drilling rig components; drill string design; mud hydraulics; casing design and cementing; directional drilling; offshore drilling and drilling economics.
As part of the course, the students need to carry out a project that will allow them to develop problem solving, analysis, synthesis and evaluation skills working on a practical drilling problem.  During the week in Qatar, the students will have the opportunity to visit a real drilling rig in operation at a field near the University.  No theory or pictures compare to the experience of visiting a real rig and Oil Companies offices, shops, and warehouse facilities.  These visits will give the students a better understanding of the various rig site operation topics.


  • Locations: Doha, Qatar
  • Dates: March 10 - March 17, 2018
  • Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

Location Information

Doha, Qatar

Doha, which means the big tree, is the capital and most populous city of the State of Qatar. The city is located on the coast of the Persian Gulf in the east of the country. 50% of the national population lives either in Doha or suburbs around it. Hence, it is also the economic center of the country. Texas A&M University at Qatar is located in Education City, Al Rayyan. There are several landmarks and historic sites to visit in this area.

For more information contact

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Heitor Lima
(979) 845-2926

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Courses Offered

PETE 355 : Drilling Engineering

Eligibility Requirements

Students who desire to study abroad must have:

  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA
  • Good academic standing with university
  • Approval of the professor
  • Attendance at ALL program specific orientations

Scholarship & Financial Aid


The Study Abroad Programs Office offers scholarships based on merit and financial need. Applications are available through Scholarships & Financial Aid and deadlines are listed on the website below. The Continuing Student Scholarship application opens Nov. 1, 2017 and closes at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 1, 2018. To apply, please visit:

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.


Estimated Program Fee (subject to change)Cost
Program Fee: Airfare, Lodging, Meals, Local transportation in Mexico  technical and cultural visits; travel and health insurance; administrative fee; faculty travel cost; pre/post program orientation $2,100
COE Scholarship: Used directly towards the travel cost $500
Student Fee: Charged to student’s business account$1,600