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

The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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Student Exchange Programme (SEP) is IPSF's largest project, offering professional pharmacy internships. Every year, more than 1000 students around the world are given the opportunity to experience pharmacy practice in more than 80 different countries.  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 IPSF member organizations organize the exchanges by finding host sites where the students are trained. The programme runs throughout the year (Winter version and Summer version), but the majority of the exchanges take place between May and September. The length is usually 2 weeks up to 3 months with a minimum of 40 working hours per exchange, and possible host sites include:

  • Community pharmacy;
  • Hospital pharmacy;
  • Clinical pharmacy;
  • Wholesale pharmacy;
  • Pharmaceutical industry;
  • Research at university;
  • 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 applicant.

During exchange, participants can share and develop pharmaceutical knowledge and skills. In the same time, this is an unique opportunity to experience new cultures, try different food, meet friends, learn new language, visit beautiful places and enjoy your vacations by enriching yourself in different ways.

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Who can participate?

Pharmacy students and recent graduates who belong to an IPSF Member Organisation can apply for SEP through their association. If your association is not a member of IPSF, you can apply for Individual Membership first and then apply as an Individual Member

What countries can I go on exchange to?

A list of all participating associations and countries are listed in the 'Countries' tab. You can view a lot of information about each association and also view evaluations posted by past SEP participants.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

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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