International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) - Student Exchange Programme (SEP)

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Student Exchange Programme (SEP) is one of the main activities in IPSF. It is a mobility programme that gives students from all over the world the opportunity to get to know pharmacy in a different country. The member associations of IPSF organise the exchanges by finding host sites where the students are trained.
The programme runs throughout the year, but the majority of the exchanges take place between May and September. The length is usually 1 to 3 months, and possible host sites include community pharmacies hospital pharmacies wholesale companies pharmaceutical industry schools of pharmacy government or private health agencies The host may also provide room, board and/or pocket money in addition to the training site in order to help the student.


Participants must be:
  • Pharmacy students through an IPSF member association.
  • IPSF Individual Members only if they are unable to join an IPSF member association. Check your national IPSF member association here.

In both categories, only a limited number of students can apply, because there are only a limited number of host sites each year.


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If you are member of an IPSF member association, contact you SEO for further instructions. The application procedure may involve pre-selection procedures. The SEP Application fee is a minimum of 42 EUR, however, the home association may ask for a larger amount (which must be approved   by the Chairperson of Student Exchange and the SEC) to cover the costs association with organization of these exchanges. Student Exchange Grant The objective of the Student Exchange Grant is to allow pharmacy students with limited financial resources the opportunity to participate in the IPSF Student Exchange Programme. This is achieved by providing them with a travel subsidy to help cover costs incurred through the purchase of travel tickets to their host country of preference, while exempting them from payment of the student exchange application fee. Both students applying through an IPSF member association and IPSF Individual Members can apply for the Grant.  All students may apply after their AF (application form) is approved in the database, where you may download SEP grant application with detailed guidelines.

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