Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns

University of Saskatchewan


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What is IPSF


The International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) was founded in 1949 by eight pharmacy student associations in London. The Federation now represents approximately 350,000 pharmacy students and recent graduates in 70 countries worldwide. IPSF is the leading international advocacy organisation for pharmacy students promoting improved public health through provision of information, education, networking, and a range of publications and professional activities.

IPSF initiatives focus mainly on the areas of public health and pharmacy education and professional development. Initiatives include public health campaigns, research on issues in pharmacy education and workforce development, the Student Exchange Programme, organising international and regional congresses and symposia, and publication of the IPSF News Bulletin, Newsletter and educational supplement Phuture.

IPSF holds Official Relations with the World Health Organization (WHO), Operational Relations with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and Roster Consultative Status with the Economic Social Council of the United Nations (UN ECOSOC). IPSF works in close collaboration with the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). The IPSF Secretariat is supported and hosted by the FIP in The Hague, The Netherlands.

IPSF's Student Exchange Program


The IPSF Student Exchange Programme has allowed students from IPSF member organisations and IPSF Individual Members to explore pharmacy in another country since 1958. Currently, close to 60 associations throughout the world participate in SEP and over 600 international exchanges take place every year.
Mobility in pharmacy education is an important factor in preparing pharmacy students to work as health professionals in the dynamic global health care environment. In many countries, lack of opportunity is often compounded by limited access to educational resources and/or innovative teaching methods.
Through the Student Exchange Programme, IPSF works to increase opportunities for improvement in pharmacy education through facilitating students and young pharmacists to undertake international professional experiences in:

The aim of SEP is to promote understanding and cooperation amongst pharmacy students and all health care professionals. The exchange programme offers a unique educational and cultural experience in addition to the regular pharmaceutical knowledge. It also helps to broaden the students' understanding of pharmaceutical and social conditions in different countries.
The programme runs throughout the year, but most exchanges take place between May and September. Each exchange is from one to three months in length. Some associations provide room, board or other remunerations.. Travel expenses and insurance are the responsibility of the student.

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