Study Abroad

longhorns going global norway

UT PGE will hosts its second annual Norway Maymester Engineering, Energy and the Environment Program in the summer of 2020. The program, led by UT PGE faculty members Jon and Hilary Olson, takes place along the beautiful coastal city of Grimstad at the University of Agder.

Offshore oil and gas development has had an incredible history on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, and Norway is a leader in alternative energy development as well. This course provides a unique opportunity to study energy and global culture in the midst of the stunning natural beauty of the Norwegian fjords and mountains.

The course explores the energy and environmental policies that have shaped Norway's development as one of the wealthiest nations as a result of its large oil and gas resources. The program includes field trips to Stavanger, which is considered the Houston of Europe, and cultural activities in Oslo. Students will visit several sites during the course to see equipment and training facilities: e.g., Baker Hughes GE, National Oilwelll Varco (NOV) and ConocoPhillips.

More than 3,000 Longhorns study in 80 countries every year, and UT Austin ranks second in the nation for the most students studying abroad, according to the Institute of International Education’s latest annual report. The Cockrell School of Engineering has a dedicated international office offering 14 summer faculty-led programs and 16 university exchange programs to students.

With UT PGE’s alumni working and living abroad population representing 60 countries, it is important for petroleum engineering students to participate in an international educational opportunity during their time on the Forty Acres to gain experience with global companies.

During the program, students will receive UT PGE faculty mentorship and the valuable opportunity to network with members of the oil and gas industry while gaining cross-cultural communication skills.

PGE 301 is a required course for PEN majors. M/S/E elective for CE majors. AE or free elective for ECE majors. Open to GEH majors. Other majors are welcome but you should consult your advisor for degree plan applicability. Global Cultures Flag pending approval.

Information on the application process for the 2020 program will become available in the fall of 2019.