The American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) represents the United States as part of the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF). As a member of APhA-ASP you are a member of IPSF. IPSF is worldwide federation of student pharmacist organizations. The goal is to encourage cooperation among pharmacy students and to promote their interests. Individual membership status is valid for up to four years post graduation.


Student Exchange Program:
The Student Exchange Program (SEP) offers a unique educational and cultural experience in a variety of practice settings in over 50 countries. The exchanges usually occur in the summer for 1-3 months. This program aims to promote cooperation and understanding among students of pharmacy and all health professionals.

Public Health:

IPSF is also involved in several public health campaigns and activities on both a local and international level. Activities include:

How to Get Involved:

  • Contact the current IPSF Liaison, Lynn Kayali, at lynn.kayali@umaryland.edu
  • Become the IPSF Liaison at your APhA-ASP Chapter
  • Promote the Student Exchange Program and establish a host site at your school or college of pharmacy.
  • Participate in global campaigns and collaborate with other health professionals to hold joint events.
  • Communicate with Members-at-Large and APhA-ASP/IPSF National Officers for any questions or advice.


The SEP has recently grown significantly at the UMSOP. In 2010, we sent out first student to Taiwan. In 2013, we had three of our students study abroad in Switzerland and the Czech Republic. We were also able to host two exchange students, from Taiwan and Portugal for the month of July! We hope to continue to expand the SEP at our APhA chapter and allow pharmacy students from around the world gain valuable experience in another country. For more information on the Student Exchange Program, please contact the IPSF Liaison, Michelle Kim (michellekim@umaryland.edu).

IPSF has been in existence for over 50 years. The Federation is fostered by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (IPF) and there is still a close working relationship. IPSF unites about 350,000 students from more than 90 countries.

The IPSF General Assembly meets annually at the Annual Congress. It is held at locations around the world, and it is the largest event of the year. Contacts convey chapter reports, and students can partake in workshops, training sessions, and educational forums. Next year, the Annual Congress will be held in Zimbabwe!