Canadian pharmacy students and interns unified for excellence, advocacy and academics in pharmacy.

International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (IPSF)

What is IPSF?

  • Leading international advocacy organization for pharmacy students.
  • Official partner of WHO, FIP & UNESCO.
  • Representative body for 350,000 pharmacy students and recent graduates in 70 countries worldwide.

IPSF Projects & Activities

  • Pharmacy Awareness/Health Campaign
  • Student Exchange Program (SEP)
  • IPSF World Congress (India, 2015)
  • World Health Day
  • International Conferences
  • International Internships
  • And much more!

What is the Student Exchange Program (SEP)?

  • A student-run program providing pharmacy students a unique opportunity to experience pharmacy practice in countries around the world
  • AIM: To provide pharmacy students a unique opportunity to experience and learn about pharmacy on an international level

Testimonials from International Students

  • "What I like most here is the role the pharmacists play in the health care system. They are close to patients and sometimes act as the bridge between doctors and patients. The medicine counsel training for the pharmacy students here starts very early, and apparently it is their main focus... I hope that we can have more counsel training in the future"

    Chia-lin Hung (Faith), Taiwan
  • "By watching pharmacists working, I realized how exactly being a pharmacist is like, and found out what kind of pharmacist I want to be. Overall, this is definitely an once-in-a-lifetime experience I will treasure for my whole life."

    Yu Chen Chen (Judy), Taiwan
  • "During staying in Saskatoon I did not just improve my pharmaceutical skills and knowledge but I also learned a lot about others cultures. Even more, I have found amazing friends...To sum up, this exchange program made me better pharmacist and also a better person. I am really glad I had an opportunity to participate in it."

    Eva, Slovenia

Why Participate in SEP?

  • Benefit from an educational AND cultural experience
  • Broaden your understanding of pharmaceutical practices and social conditions in different countries
  • Enhance awareness of Canadian healthcare system by comparing similarities and differences among other nations
  • Meet new pharmacy students/friends
  • Travel to new places

Who Can Participate?

  • Any IPSF member (including individual members up to 4 years after graduating)

When Would I Go?

  • Anytime throughout the year (May-August most common)

Where Would I Work?

  • Retail, hospital, research or industry

Searching for Host Sites

Do you know of any passionate pharmacists want to learn more about pharmacy in other countries? Would you like to help international students learn about what pharmacy is like in Canada? If so, the perfect opportunity to do both would be to find a host pharmacist for an international student for the Student Exchange Program through the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns and the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Association. As a host pharmacist, they would have the flexibility in determining the hours and dates most convenient for them to have a student shadow at their pharmacy or institution. Host responsibilities are exclusively related to student shadowing, as CAPSI finds accommodations and organizes travel arrangements. If this sounds like something a pharmacist you know would like to be involved in, please have them fill out the following questionnaire: Additional information can be found in the attached PDF, and additional questions can be directed to Cassandra Woit, the Student Exchange Officer for Canada, at

Letter to Potential Hosts

Application Required information

  • CV (resume)
  • Motivational letter
  • Picture (mandatory, even though it is listed as “optional”)
  • Preferred field of pharmacy
  • Intended exchange start/end dates
  • Preferred host associations/countries (ranked 1-3)
  • Study program details (university, year of study, etc.)

Application deadline early December

  • Submit application form
  • Pay SEP fees $150 to CAPSI (on CAPSI website)
  • Application Approved by CAPSI SEO
  • Your preferred countries try to place you
  • Find out results after PDW
  • If not placed, receive portion of fees back.
  • If placed, travel abroad and experience pharmacy!

World Congress

An opportunity to...

  • Meet students from around the world
  • Learn about pharmacy practices in other countries
  • Attend Education and Scientific Symposia
  • Listen to renowned guest speakers
  • Compete in Patient Counseling Events (PCE), Clinical Skills Events (CSE) and Compounding Competitions

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