International Studies in Petroleum Geosciences
An Opportunity for International Studies in Advanced Petroleum Geosciences

Oilrig on the GulfTexas A&M University and the French Institute of Petroleum (Institut Français du Pétrole or IFP) joined forces in 1998 to teach and conduct research in reservoir geosciences. Additional IFP-TAMU programs are present in the TAMU College of Business and the Department of Petroleum Engineering.

IFP was established in 1944 as a premier institute for advanced studies in the technical, economic and management aspects of the petroleum and energy industries. During the late 1990’s, about 500 IFP graduate students per year were enrolled in a variety of petroleum-related fields. Successful applicants to the IFP program come from leading universities and engineering schools worldwide. For example, during the 1999 session, students from 50 countries were enrolled at the Paris campus.

The collaborative program with Texas A&M involves one year of intensive study in Paris and – for the MS option in reservoir geosciences – at least 3 additional semesters (about 1-1/2 years) at Texas A&M, depending on the time required to complete a satisfactory MS thesis. At the end of a successful program, students are awarded an engineering diploma from IFP and an MS degree in Geology or Geophysics from Texas A&M. The "double degree" program has proven to be especially useful for graduates seeking professional employment in the energy industry, particularly for those students who are interested in the international aspects of the industry.

IFP – A&M students generally concentrate their research in the fields of petroleum exploration, reservoir characterization, development geology, petroleum engineering, or field management. The joint TAMU/IFP program is formally called the "Reservoir Geoscience and Engineering Program" because it offers its graduates an extensive and varied background in petroleum geosciences and engineering to prepare them for collaboration on interdisciplinary teams as well as for individual efforts.

Short summaries of some recent thesis research in reservoir geology by students working with Professor W. M. Ahr can be found in Professor Ahr's profile in the department's Faculty Directory.

Applicants are admitted to both IFP and A&M after their academic credentials have been reviewed and found satisfactory by admission officials at each institution. Applicants must be sponsored or must obtain other financial support for their double degree program. Financial support typically consists of sponsorship by a company in the energy industry, but students with independent means or with other sources of support are equally encouraged to apply.

To date a majority of the IFP/TAMU students have come from countries outside the Americas; therefore, we encourage American students in particular to take advantage of this special opportunity. Liaison faculty at IFP and TAMU can assist applicants in making contact with potential sponsors when necessary. Courses in Paris are conducted in English but it is advantageous for students to have some ability with French and English to make the most of their experience in the program. Students interested in the IFP-TAMU program in reservoir geoscience and engineering should contact one of the following persons:

Liaison for Geology:
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Liaison for Petroleum Engineering:
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Liaison for IFP in Paris:
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