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IPSF and the SEP program
By Manisha Singh
Manisha Singh is the NAPSA IPSF
Representative. She can be contacted at:
Are you looking to experience
pharmacy in another country but
don't have the time or money?
Why not take on an international
exchange student for placement in
your pharmacy instead? Now is your
opportunity to host one!
The National Australian Pharmacy
Student Association (NAPSA) partnered
with the International Pharmaceutical
Students' Federation (IPSF) gives students
the opportunity to come on placement to
Australia every year through the Student
Exchange Program (SEP).
Founded in London in 1949, IPSF is
one of the world's oldest international
student organisations. Today, the
Federation represents over 350,000
pharmacy students and young graduates
from 67 countries worldwide. It is a
non-profit, non-political and non-
religious organisation run entirely by
IPSF is the leading international
advocacy organisation for pharmacy
students. It aims to promote improved
public health through provision of
information, education, networking
as well as a range of publications and
The Student Exchange Program (SEP),
works to increase opportunities for
improvement in pharmacy education
by facilitating students and young
pharmacists to undertake international
professional experiences in pharmacy.
Currently, close to 50 associations in
different countries throughout the world
like NAPSA participate in SEP and over
500 international exchanges take place
This year NAPSA sent four students
overseas and hosted three students from
overseas. The aim of SEP is to promote
understanding and cooperation amongst
pharmacy students and all healthcare
professionals. The exchange program
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.
Taking on an exchange student is an
amazing chance to mentor an overseas
student and push beyond your comfort
zone by learning a new language or
experiencing a new culture. The program
runs throughout the year, but most
exchanges take place between May and
September with each exchange running
for between one and three months.
What can taking on an exchange student
offer you and your pharmacy?
• Foreign students who are willing and
eager to learn about pharmacy in our
country and also able to give you an
insight into how pharmacy is practiced
in another country.
• A foreign student who possesses
excellent communication skills
and is proficient in English and
• Promotion of your pharmacy and/or
company to more than 80 IPSF member
organisations across the world.
• Opportunity to build professional
relationships with pharmacy
organisations, schools or
• All legal and administrative work (i.e.
visa, health and travel insurance etc.)
and logistical arrangements such as
off-work activities, accommodation
and transportation are taken care of by
the Student Exchange Officer (SEO) of
Among all the students that apply for the
program, we strive to select and offer the
best ones for you. Information about the
pre-selected student (the Application
Form, Curriculum Vitae and Motivation
Letter) will be made available to you.
Ultimately, you decide whether you
want to accept the SEP applicant or not.
For more information, visit the NAPSA
website (www.napsa.org/ipsf ) or contact
me at email@example.com.
'The Student Exchange
works to increase
The NAPSA Executive and Committee
Chairs met at Pharmacy Australia
Congress 2012 (PAC12) in Melbourne,
where the PSA announced its new
complimentary student membership.
This initiative will see Australia's
future pharmacists gain access to PSA
member services including online
education modules and reduced price
textbooks. NAPSA President Chris
Braithwaite said, 'There can be a gap
between students and the profession
and access to PSA member services
will assist in reducing this. We would
like to thank the PSA National Board
and CEO for making this change.'
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