The Global Pharmacy Initiative is dedicated to enhancing the health of global citizens by contributing to the advancement of pharmacy education, research and practice both locally and globally.
Through collaboration with global partners, our faculty, staff, and students are involved in creating and discovering knowledge to improve the well-being of our state, regional, national and global communities.
The college fosters opportunities for the international exchange of people and ideas across borders. Our partners are able to engage in pharmacy education, research, and practice in Central Ohio; and Ohio State students, staff, and faculty engage in opportunities with partners abroad.
Global Education - International Pharmacy Experience
The College of Pharmacy, in partnership with the Office of International Affairs, offers an annual, short-term international group travel experience to undergraduates and PharmD students.
This unique experience helps students gain an understanding of pharmaceutical and healthcare considerations of another country, enabling students to relate this experience to the larger context of their future profession.
The 2024 International Pharmacy Experience will travel to Montpellier and Paris, France during Ohio State’s Spring Break, March 9-17, 2024. During this group travel program, students will learn about healthcare and pharmacy in France through guest lectures and site visits, while experiencing French culture and history.
The 2024 program application cycle has closed. The destination for the 2025 International Pharmacy Experience is London, England. Program information will be shared in late summer 2024.
Students accepted into the program will participate in the PHR 5798 International Healthcare Experience in Pharmacy course that meets weekly prior to departure. Within the course, students will learn about pharmacy practice and healthcare considerations of the destination, alongside preparations for international travel.
Travel will occur as a group and be led by Resident Directors comprised of faculty and staff from the College of Pharmacy. Time in-country will be spent visiting pharmaceutical, historical, and cultural sites, enabling students to engage with healthcare practitioners and experience the country through a pharmacy lens.
In order to be eligible to apply, a student must be an undergraduate student in the Pharmaceutical Science major or be a P1, P2, or P3 Doctor of Pharmacy student. Students must also meet the Office of International Affairs’ General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students are required to be enrolled and participate in the PHR 5798 course prior to departure.
Students accepted into the program will be enrolled in the PHR 5798 course, which will meet the first session of the spring semester. Undergraduate Pharmaceutical Science majors and PharmD students can use the three credit hours of the course towards elective requirements within their educational program.
Program cost varies based on destination, but the student’s program fee includes airfare, health insurance, in-country transportation, accommodations, cultural activities and some meals.
Scholarships are available for enrolled College of Pharmacy undergraduate and professional PharmD students to help defer the overall program cost.
This is a competitive program with limited spaces available. Students will be evaluated on their quality of response to four application questions. Successful applicants are able to provide a thorough response that fully addresses the question, cite specific details and examples, and articulate their thoughts in a clear manner.