All members of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) are members of the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF). APhA-ASP is the Full Member organization of IPSF for the United States and is represented annually at the IPSF World Congress. All APhA-ASP members are eligible to participate in the IPSF Student Exchange Program as part of their Full Member benefits.
Through the IPSF Student Exchange Program, students will live and experience pharmacy in a foreign country. Students may specify whether they would like to be placed in a retail, hospital, industry, or university setting. Exchanges run throughout the year, but most occur during the summer. An exchange is typically 1-3 months in length. Students are required to work a minimum of 40 hours during an exchange period.
Employment at a pharmacy site is an unpaid position throughout the exchange. Some exchange sites may provide stipends or have different policies for exchange students, but this varies from country to country and site to site. All travel, transportation, and costs of living are the responsibility, financially and otherwise, of the exchange student. Room and board may be provided by the host at a reduced cost.
Complete Sections I-VI of the APhA-ASP/IPSF Student Exchange Pre-Application and upload all listed documentation through this site. Ask your chapter advisor to upload a brief statement on your behalf (one page maximum) via the following link:https://fs8.formsite.com/APhA-ASP/SEP_Advisor_LOR/index.html.
Only completed pre-applications (including the advisor letter of recommendation) will be considered. All pre-application materials must be received no later than 11:59 PM PST on November 1st. Deadline in order for the pre-application to be considered complete.
All pre-applications will be reviewed by the APhA-ASP International Standing Committee and APhA staff. Each member selected will be notified in early December and will receive an email providing information on the official IPSF SEP application process.
The pre-applicaton is formatted to streamline our two-step application process, so please keep a copy of your pre-application for your records. While there is no fee for the pre-application, the fee for the official IPSF SEP application is $65.00.
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION THROUGH THE IPSF SEP DATABASE UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR PARTICIPATION THE 2023 SEP CYCLE. ANYONE WHO ATTEMPTS TO BYBASS THE PRE-APPLICATION PROCESS WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE DISQUALIFIED FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE 2023 SEP.
The number of official IPSF Student Exchange Program applications that each country can submit is based on the number of students hosted by that country's member organization in the previous SEP year. The number of applications allotted per country changes every year. For a complete list of participating countries, visit http://sep.ipsf.org. Please note that the number of exchange sites available varies from country to country. APhA-ASP is not responsible for the accuracy of the information provided by other countries on the SEP database.
The student is responsible for his or her own travel expenses, transportation, costs of living, and telephone calls. The student is also reponsible for obtaining the proper records, visas, passports, and immunizations needed. Every student must have travel, liability, and health insurance.
APhA-ASP International Standing Committee
APhA-ASP/IPSF Student Exchange Officer and Student Exchange Officer-elect: email@example.com
APhA Student Development Staff