Student Exchange Programme

What is the Student Exchange Programme (SEP)?

The Student Exchange Programme (SEP) is a mobility programme that provides pharmacy students and pre-registration pharmacists the unique opportunity to undertake professional work experience and intercultural learning abroad. Currently, over 80 countries worldwide participate in the SEP and over 1800 international exchanges take place every year. In Great Britain, the SEP is coordinated by the BPSA in association with IPSF.

The member associations of IPSF organise the exchanges by finding host sites where the participants are trained. Possible host sites include:

  • Community Pharmacies
  • Hospital Pharmacies
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • University Research 


All students who are members of the BPSA are eligible for entry into the SEP.


The SEP runs throughout the year, but the majority of the exchanges take place between May and September. The duration of a SEP varies accordingly depending on the country you participate with. Typically, exchanges range from periods of as short as two weeks up to periods of twelve weeks.


Follow these steps in order to apply:

  • Apply for an account at
  • When your account is accepted submit an application for which will consist of a CV and Motivational Letter. The deadline for this stage will be Saturday 15th December 2019.
  • If accepted you will be asked to complete a Waiver of Liability and pay a SEP fee. Upon payment you will be moved on to the next stage of the SEP programme.
  • Once you have successfully completed your SEP placement you will be required to provide an evaluation of your exchange on your database profile. This is compulsory for your placement to be marked as a success and for you to receive a certificate.


A list of all participating associations and countries with their profiles can be found here:

You will be allowed to select up to three official countries in order of preference. 

Fee Structure

The cost of applying for SEP is €42.00. This fee is only payable if you are accepted into the second round of the application process by the Student Exchange Officer. However, if your application is unsucessful following this, you will only receive €18.00 back.


Students are responsible for all travel expenses and insurance. The host may also provide accommodation and/or pocket money in addition to the training site in order to support the student. In some countries, accommodation costs are subsidised by the home association.

Financial Support

There are several ways to seek funding, including:

  • IPSF SEP Grant
  • Your School of Pharmacy
  • Local Pharmacies or Pharmaceutical Companies

Offering a report is a good incentive along with your request for sponsorship.

Relevant Documentation:

For more information or any other enquiries about SEP, feel free to read more on the IPSF website by clicking here, otherwise have a read of our FAQs or contact the Student Exchange Officer.


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