WHAT IS AN OVERSEAS PHARMACY PLACEMENT WITH WORK THE WORLD?

Our pharmacy placements abroad are clinical placements you undertake in under-resourced, but fast-paced clinical settings in the developing world.

You’ll see immediately how different the healthcare system is from your own. The pen and paper record keeping, the cases, even some of the medicines themselves will be unfamiliar to you.

You choose where you want to spend time — in stock rooms, specialist satellite pharmacies in oncology or the ED, or in the main pharmacies. Your whole placement is customisable.

On a hospital pharmacy placement, you’ll see unfamiliar — often unbranded — drugs, learn how pre-digital stock systems work, and observe how departments are affected when there are drug shortages.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A PHARMACY PLACEMENT ABROAD?

An overseas pharmacy placement sets you apart from the other pharmacy students leaving university and looking for work every year.

On a pharmacy placement abroad, you’ll:

  • Expand your clinical knowledge and skill set
  • Develop your confidence and resourcefulness
  • Build your personal and professional network
  • Sharpen your verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Become more attractive to employers

You’ll be in the hospital Monday to Friday, and that means you can enjoy your evenings and weekends exploring the destination you’ve chosen to visit.

WHO ARE WE?

We're Work the World — the experts when it comes to planning, organising and supporting placements for pharmacy students like you.

We started in 2005, and since then we've created pharmacy opportunities abroad for 13,000+ students from 450+ universities globally.

Our end-to-end service includes:

Placement customisation (choose your destination and areas of clinical interest) | Comprehensive pre-trip support | Private, catered accommodation | 24/7 in-country support team

Our programs run 365 days a year and arrivals are every Sunday — you can travel whenever suits you. The minimum placement duration is two weeks (there’s no maximum).

For more detail about how our service works click here.

AM I ELIGIBLE?

You can go on an overseas pharmacy placement if:

  • You’re undertaking a pharmacy degree
  • You’ve recently graduated with a pharmacy degree

You’re looking for a hospital pharmacy summer placement

WHERE DO I START?

Your first step is to speak with us. We’re here to answer your questions about pharmacy abroad, help you figure out which destination to travel to, and secure your place on a program.

Get in touch using the short form at the bottom of the page (or click the green enquire now button).

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DESTINATIONS

Vietnam - Hue
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A vibrant focal point of Southeast Asian culture and backpacker favourite, with bustling markets, lively bars and delicious street food in abundance. Close to tropical beaches, rainforests, and ancient temples and pagodas, you’ll have every chance to indulge your adventurous side.

 

When it comes to pharmacy, poor funding has a significant impact on the delivery of adequate care. Many drugs have a limited supply, while others are completely unobtainable. Pharmacists often have to rely on dispensing lesser alternatives or nothing at all depending on stock levels. Unique to our programme in Hue, you could also learn about Vietnamese traditional medicine.

Zambia - Lusaka
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Lusaka is Zambia’s thriving capital city. Visit game parks to see rhino, lions, elephants and cheetah, and spot hippos wading through the beautiful Zambezi River while rowing along the shore in your canoe. Rich local cultures and traditions deeply ingrained in Zambian tribal culture are a highlight.

 

When it comes to pharmacy, our partner hospital’s standards, systems and structures are similar to what you’ll be used to back home. However, availability of certain drugs is limited, as are staff numbers, creating challenges for delivering care effectively. Under supervision, you’ll find yourself checking scripts, doing clinical rounds and spending time in dispensaries found in the adult, mother and newborn, and paediatric hospitals as well as in surgery.

Cambodia - Phnom Penh
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The exhilarating capital city of Phnom Penh boasts some of the world’s most fascinating temples, fragrant street foods, and markets brimming with jewelry, knick-knacks, and traditional crafts. Discover crystal-clear seas off the coast, and trek into humid jungles to glimpse sun bears, leopards and elephants.

 

A Pharmacy Placement here will expand your understanding of healthcare in the developing world, opening your eyes in a way that staying at home simply could not. From rotating through dispensaries to encountering a diverse range of unfamiliar drugs and prescriptions, the professional and personal skills you’ll gain here will prove essential to your aspirations. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Phnom Penh.

Famous Angkor Wat temple complex in sunset, near Siem Reap, Cambodia.Panoramic view.

Nepal - Pokhara
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Pokhara is surrounded by mountains, lush forests and tranquil lakes begging exploration. Ancient temples and pagodas, as well as modern cafes and bars can also be found here. In the surrounding areas, try paragliding with hawks, bungee jumping, or hiking to hidden temples.

 

On your Pharmacy Placement you’ll spend time in the dispensary, familiarising yourselves with medicines uncommon in the developed world like anti-venoms. A spell in the Pharmacovigilance Unit will give you the opportunity to study the detection and prevention of adverse effects associated with certain pharmaceutical products. Read stories of those who've already travelled with us to Pokhara.

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Peru - Arequipa
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Arequipa’s pretty cityscapes, spicy cuisine and location amongst some of South America’s most iconic vistas make it perfect for those seeking an authentic Peruvian experience. Pay a visit to those living on Lake Titicaca’s floating villages, or trek to Machu Picchu and through Colca Canyon.

 

When it comes to the hospital, you’ll rotate through satellite Pharmacies which serve the Internal Medicine department, Surgery, and more. Time spent in the sterile 'Clean Room' will open your eyes to how chemotherapy medications are manufactured in the developing world. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Arequipa.

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Ghana - Takoradi
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Ghana’s lively markets and welcoming local people make it rich in typical Ghanaian culture. Sample traditional dishes, or sip a cocktail while watching the sun set over the port. Venture further afield to spot endangered wildlife on safari, hike into the lush jungle in search of hidden waterfalls, and visit rural communities.

 

Displaying proactivity in the hospital will see you assisting across departments like Surgery, Paediatrics, and the HIV Clinic. A spell in the hospital’s Dispensary will highlight the resourceful nature of local staff who work hard treating a wide range of pathologies with extremely limited resources. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Takoradi.

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Sri Lanka - Anuradhapura
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The ancient city of Anuradhapura never fails to impress. Stupas, temples, and sacred palaces make up the old city, and the new city boasts restaurants, bars, and bustling markets. Safaris, national parks, and paradise beaches lay nearby.

 

The system in our partner hospital involves multiple dispensaries serving range of wards. These wards include the Surgical, Oncology, Renal, Outpatient and Inpatient wards. You’ll have the opportunity to gain experience roating through each of these dispensaries. You’ll spend time alongside local Pharmacists assisting in the creation of drugs . This will highlight how local specialists deploy creativity to combat the lack of resources they face on a daily basis. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Anuradhapura.

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Nepal - Kathmandu
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Kathmandu’s history can be traced back thousands of years, yet the current city is an eclectic mix of both the old and the new. Here you’ll peruse the markets filled with handmade curiosities and crafts, tour impressive temples, and paraglide through the misty Himalayan mountains.

 

Pharmacists here assist doctors in explaining prescription drugs and their side effects. On placement you’ll take ward rounds with local specialists, gleaning insight into the growing role Pharmacy plays in the development of Nepali healthcare. In relation to the widely popular Ayurvedic medicinal tradition, this will be an enlightening experience. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Kathmandu.

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Philippines - Iloilo
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While the many bars and restaurants lend a modern feel to the city, Iloilo is—at its heart—a laid-back, tropical haven. Everyone joins in vibrant festivals throughout the year, and across the water the white sand beaches and palm trees of Boracay island beckon.

 

On a pharmacy placement in the Philippines you’ll have the chance to rotate through six outlets, including satellite Pharmacies in Emergency, Neonatal, Operating Rooms, and OBG. Time in any of these areas will open your eyes to the challenges faced by local staff typically associated with resource-poor environments. Read stories from those who’ve already travelled with us to Iloilo

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"I learnt the whole process on how to treat patients presenting with snake bites"

Paulina Paksaite, University of Bath 2019

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"During the month I spent in Pokhara, I made unforgettable memories with amazing students from all over the world."

Jack Gilbert, Robert Gordon University 2018

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"The experience moulded my personal and professional values in ways I couldn’t have imagined."

Matthew Blackmore, University of Lincoln 2018

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"It was everything I imagined the experience to be and more."

Cassie Wong, University of Sydney 2018

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"I was in an approachable environment with some of the most open-minded and patient-devoted clinicians I’ve ever met."

Seamus Dines-Muntaner, Queensland University of Technology 2018

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