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    1 Get an OMV scholarship and study for a Master’s in Petroleum Engineering: Q&A for students 1.   Master’s  Program & University 1.1   General Information    Where can I study for an internationally recognised master’ s in petroleum engineering? The master’ s in petroleum engineering is a provided by the Leoben University of Mining and Metallurgy in Austria (MUL) and is strongly supported by OMV.    General facts about MUL. The university is the central European leader in petroleum engineering studies with the highest rankings in several disciplines . It’s a prominent university in Austria and students come from all over the world to study petroleum engineering there. At the moment there are more than 75 different nationalities studying at the university, of which 25% are women. The university provides a modern campus with an excellent research infrastructure.    Can I apply if I have a bachelor ’ s degree from a university other than MUL?  Yes, however, the university has the final decision on acceptance and may stipulate the requirement to complete a number of additional prerequisite courses. For further information please contact the university.    Is there a specific uniform to wear? No.    Is there a study fee to pay?  Yes, but it’s included in the OMV Scholarship  package and will be paid by OMV in addition to the allowances and salary you will receive; the details of which are outlined further down in the Q&A.   1.2   Program –  International study in petroleum engineering    How long is the program? The new master’ s program is designed to be completed over 4 terms/semesters.    1 st  term: advanced fundamentals    2 nd  & 3 rd  term: specialization (well construction, reservoir engineering, production engineering)    4 th  term: practical experience (includes internship, project work, master’s  thesis)    Where can I find the curriculum for the master’s  program?  You can find the curriculum on the university homepage. Any change in the curriculum does not affect the validity of the OMV scholarship agreement. The university homepage can be found at the following link:    2    Is there a possibility of going abroad during the master’s  program?  Yes, the University offers the possibility to study abroad during both the bachelors and the master’ s programmes. The partner universities are listed on the homepage of the Leoben University. For further information please contact the university.      Can I do a double degree?  Yes, however it is not possible to enroll onto a double degree program in the 2014 academic year. The university intends to foster international relationships with different universities; and in particular with UPG in Romania to implement the double degree program in the future. If the double degree program is implemented students with an OMV scholarship will have to enroll onto the double degree program.    Is the whole master’s  program taught in English?  Yes, as the master’s  program is an international program, all lectures as well as all exams and master’s  thesis are in English.    How many people attend the master’s  course per term? The program will increase in size from 2014 to 2016 when new state of the art classroom facilities will be available at MUL. Exact numbers are not yet known as this depends on how many students apply and qualify for the program. However, it is expected that approx. 50 students will enrol in the 2014 program. This is planned to increase to between 70 and 100 students per study year on future courses.    Do exams have to be organised individually or is it done by the university? The dates for the exams are set by the university. Students then have to register for the exams through the university.    What about the master’s  class system and the unique PE teaching offices? The master’s  class principle is an integral part of the IPA study program. Learning is supported through the comprehensive caretaking of students by professors and assistant professors/lecturers, and supported by the optimised layout of the university lecturing facilities. Every student is granted a permanent “teaching office sp ace ” for  learning and individual & group work during the second and third terms. These facilities contain state of the art IT equipment and visibility of the lecturing area. Students will also be able to store study material within the classroom at any time. This combination will ensure a unique atmosphere for optimized learning efficiency by facilitating interdisciplinary project work (within PE disciplines and Petroleum Geoscience disciplines) and the ability to communicate with training/internship and other offsite contacts. The complete infrastructure of PE teaching offices will be available as of the summer term in 2016. The first generation of students will be supported through the use of temporary facilities.    Is an internship obligatory?  Yes, an internship during the mast er’s  program is obligatory. Students must complete an internship lasting at least 40 days. During the internship the student must maintain a log book, which s/he must obtain from the secretary of the special department. This serves as proof of attendance on the internship, and will serves as a record of all activities performed    3 during the internship. This must in turn be signed off by the line manager of the organisational unit where the internship takes place. Furthermore the student must plan to complete the internship between the 2 nd  and 3 rd  terms.      What requirements are there for the master’s  thesis? The master’s  thesis must be done in one of the following specialist fields:    Drilling Engineering    Petroleum Production Engineering    Reservoir Engineering. Students can propose a master’s  thesis subject to the university or select a subject from an approved list. Students must align their proposed topic and their project work with a field of interest for OMV. Their thesis must be finalised within 6 months. Further requirements regarding the master’s  thesis are available from the MUL institutes for Drilling Engineering, Petroleum & Geothermal Energy Recovery and Reservoir Engineering.    Who will be my supervisor for my thesis? Students can propose a supervisor for the master’s  thesis, but if not a supervisor will be nominated by OMV. The master’s  thesis needs to be approved and aligned with the respective institute at MUL. The master’s thesis should be aligned with OMV.      Is there a final test prior to receiving the master’s  degree?  Yes, after submitting and passing the master’s  thesis and all modules from the course curriculum, student will sit one final exam. The exam focuses on the defense of their individual master’s  thesis.    Which academic degree do I receive after finishing the master’s  program? After the final test, students will receive the academic grade “Diplom -Ingenieur ” or rather “Diplom -Ingenieurin ”, abbreviated to either   “Dipl. - Ing.” o r “DI”, which is similar to the MSc. 1.3   Other issues master’s  program & university    Do I get a VISA from the university? No, however the university will assist students in the preparation of VISA applications and all related documents.    Can I take relatives with me?  Yes, however OMV will not pay for any of their related costs, and the university will not assist. Therefore VISA applications etc. will need to be organised and funded by students themselves.    How can I get to university from my home country? Who organises my travel? Students will need to book flights themselves. The university can assist with any questions on this. OMV will pay a travel lump sum. The amount depends on the country of srcin of the student. The university will also assist in finding accommodation and other administrative requirements prior to the start of the course.    Do I have to arrange insurance for the duration of the course, and if so who pays?  Yes, it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they have adequate insurance coverage (e.g. medical insurance, which is obligatory in Austria). The university can assist in procuring the required insurance. The insurance should be purchased in Austria if it cannot    4 be procured by the student in their home country. All insurance related costs have to be paid for by the student.      What if I fall ill during my studies? As medical insurance is obligatory in Austria, it is best for students to arrange insurance prior leaving their home country. If however this is not possible insurance can be arranged in Austria. This will ensure that you are able to go to a doctor or into hospital if medical care is required.    Am I allowed to visit my home country and who pays for it? Student may make as many journeys home within their study leave as they wish. However OMV will only pay a lump sum, depending on the students’  country of srcin, for one home visit per year. Furthermore OMV will pay for travel costs at the start and end of the course.    Is there a degree awarding ceremony at the university?  Yes, there will be a ceremony at the university, the details of which will be provided by the university closer to the time. 2.   Scholarship 2.1   Application procedure    Which criteria are required to be awarded an OMV scholarship?    Bachelor degree in petroleum engineering    Acceptance of the applicant by MUL    Strong academic achievements in past studies    TOEFL certificate (computer test minimum of 90pts or written test 550pts),    Internationally oriented    Strong soft skills    Share OMV values (Partner, Professional, Pioneer)    Committed to starting an international career in OMV    Which documents do I need for the application    Cover letter    CV    Proof of the university entrance qualification –   bachelor’s degree      Birth certificate (srcinal) or copy of passport    National Insurance number    Is there a deadline for the application?  Yes, applications can be submitted from now until mid-September 2014, but must be received no later than the 22 nd  of September by OMV.    Who do I contact for more information on the application process? The OMV Recruiting Team, scholarship contact: Birgit Hönigmann.
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