UMD: A Globally Connected University
ENGR Exchange: Petroleum Institute (United Arab Emirates)
The Petroleum Institute University and Research Center (PI) was established in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates in 2001 with a goal of becoming a world-class institution in both engineering education and energy industry research. PI currently has more than 2000 undergraduate and graduate students, over 200 faculty, and has quickly become a leading teaching and research institution in the Middle East region. The PI’s sponsors and affiliates include the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and four major international oil companies that include BP, Japan Oil Development Company, Shell and Total. The campus has modern instructional laboratories and classroom facilities, and will soon host a major research center, the PI Research Center (PIRC) scheduled to open in 2016.
The Petroleum Institute offers some of the highest quality engineering programs in the region, and its accreditation by ABET is a clear evidence of that. In addition to strong academics, PI students are exposed to various trips and events throughout the year which enhance their academic experience. Such events include: visits to plants, participation in regional workshops and design exhibitions.
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian (Arabian) Gulf. Its focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the skyline’s modern towers and shopping megacenters such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls. Abu Dhabi is world famous for luxury and bling but also provides the perfect location for students to explore Gulf culture through museums and tours. Explore the world's most expensive mosque, take a ride on the world's fastest roller coaster, and haggle in the local markets. Abu Dhabi will provide an unforgettable study abroad backdrop.
Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:
- 3.0 GPA
- Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
- You must be an ENGR major
Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.
Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.
- Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
- Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
- FOR ENGR GE3 ONLY: If you are applying for a Global E3 exchange, you will need to submit an additional GE3 application by the deadline listed on their website.
- After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
- If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
- Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.
Students have the option to take a variety of courses at PI in the areas of Chemistry, Physics, Math, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, and Petroleum Geosciences. Explore the PI website for specific course options.
The language of instruction at PI is English.
PI does offer internship placement at one of their sponsor companies. More information will be provided in person once you arrive. ENGR advisors and the Clark School of Engineering must approve an internship for credit.
All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree. Most courses at University will be converted as follows:
|Petroleum Institute Credit||UMD Credit|
|1 PI Credit||1 UMD Credit|
|3 PI Credit||3 UMD Credit|
The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on February 9, 2017.
You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents on the International Study Course Search hosted by the Clark School of Engineering website and the Transfer Credit Services Equivalency Database (TCEQ). If you are interested in taking a course not listed on TCEQ, you may have it evaluated for acceptability by following the UMD Registrar’s evaluation request guidelines.
Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.
|Petroleum Institute Grade||UMD Grade|
PI offers on-campus accommodation. Separate facilities exist for men and women. Learn more on the PI website. PI does enforce curfews for both the men's and women's resident halls. Male dorms have a curfew of 1:00 am and female dorms have a curfew of 9:00 pm.
Students who prefer not to live in the PI resident halls have the option for housing in the resident halls of the Paris Sorbonne Univeristy - Abu Dhabi campus. The curfew enforced for the male and female dorms is 12:00 am (midnight).
PI has separate campuses for men and for women. Facilities are duplicated to ensure that both campuses provide the same benefits.The support program for women is called WISE (Women in Science and Engineering Program). All female students are automatically part of the WISE program.
UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the Exchange Cost Sheet
Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.
You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.
Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:
|Term||Year||Application Deadline||Admission Notification||Program Start||Program End|
|Dates reflect information that is available on the program sponsor website. Please confirm with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans.|