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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Elective (Internship) Program



Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (SUMS) has provided International students a tremendous opportunity of experiencing “pharmacy and pharmaceutical elective program”. During the program, students attend the dispensary unit of a hospital, a local pharmacy, or a medical center to boost their knowledge and gain experience of pharmacy practices in a totally different setting from where they are conducting their study. The way a pharmacy is administered or the drugs are procured, stocked, prepared, and dispensed in abroad may be totally unfamiliar to you. The different healthcare system helps you to expand your clinical knowledge and skill set; thus, you will find the gumption which makes you and your CV stand apart from the high volume of pharmacy students who leave university every year.

During your pharmacy placement in Shiraz, you will be well supported by your new colleagues, as well as staff. You will partake in the elective program as an observer being trained by real healthcare professionals. You can observe them in their everyday work, ask questions and hear more about their experiences. You are likely to get more insights into the frontline of medical care than in your home country. There are numerous other benefits, including:

  • Developing soft skills such as teamwork, time-management, leadership, resilience, organization, and planning
  • Getting familiar with diseases and medical conditions that you might not encounter in your home country
  • Gaining relevant work experience in the field that will prepare you for the next stage of your education and career
  • A more in-depth internship experience than you would receive back home
  • Developing a global mindset through working with people from a range of different backgrounds
  • Increasing self-confidence as you push past your comfort zone


Length of Training

2 to 16 weeks


Medium of Instruction



Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply for SUMS pharmacy and pharmaceutical elective program, prospective applicants shall meet the conditions below:

  • The candidate must be a student of pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences.
  • The candidate should not be a graduate.
  • The candidate must be in their final or penultimate year of study.
  • The candidate must be enrolled at a non-Iranian University, be an international student studying in an Iranian university, or be an Iranian student studying abroad.


Program Requirements

The online application will prompt you to upload a scanned version of the following documents. Make sure to prepare them ahead of submitting your application.

  • A photograph
  • A scanned copy of the data page of your passport
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/ Résumé
  • Transcript of the records/marksheets
  • English proficiency certificate
  • Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Elective Application Form (The applicant should fill out the application form and get it signed and stamped by the institution at which they are studying)


Language Requirements

The applicants shall fulfill one of the following language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 69 iBT; 525 PBT
  • IELTS: minimum band score of 5.5
  • Other evidence indicating the applicant’s English proficiency equivalent to requirements I or II above

However, an applicant who is a native speaker of English or who has received the 5 past years of their education in a university program in which English was the primary language of instruction is exempted from this requirement. Those candidates who can demonstrate a well understanding of the Persian language are also exempted.


Tuition and Fees


Tuition and Expenses

Payment Amount (USD)

Payment Type

Application Fee



Tuition Fee


Per four weeks

Accommodation Fee*


Per month

Health Insurance


Per month

* Please note that SUMS might supply elective candidates with furnished residence provided that vacancies are available at SUMS residence halls. Visiting students will be offered accommodation after they have paid the determined fee.


Application Deadline

SUMS call for application to elective programs is open all year round. However, candidates are encouraged to apply at least 6 to 8 months prior to the commencement of the program in order to avoid late visa issues.


Accepting an Offer

Candidates will be notified of their application results via e-mail. Offers of elective opportunities will be held open for 8 weeks to be accepted and confirmed by the admitted candidates. In case we receive no confirmation of acceptance within the aforementioned time, the candidate’s name will be removed from the files and the place will be offered to another applicant. It is therefore substantial that the successful applicants confirm their acceptance as soon as possible via e-mail.


Cancellation of an Elective Attachment

If at any time an applicant wishes to withdraw his/her application or cancel an offer of attachment, this should be done IMMEDIATELY, via e-mail at


Visa Application

Upon receipt of your admission, you are requested to submit the following items to SUMS via e-mail so that your visa application procedure to be initiated:

Visa process can take at least 6-8 weeks to complete. Each successful application is assigned a Visa Reference Number/Authorization Code by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran. You will need the reference number/authorization code along with your original passport to collect your visa. Once we receive the reference number/authorization code, we will forward it to you via e-mail. Then, you should schedule an appointment with the Iranian Embassy or Consulate in your country that you have already indicated on your application form. Carry the obtained Visa Reference Number/Authorization Code together with your passport to the relevant embassy or consulate to collect your visa. For further information, see here.



See below for the link to apply through our electronic process. All visiting students must complete the online application. Remember also to fill out the Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Elective Application Form (see Program Requirements) prior to commencing SUMS online application procedure and submit it along with other requisite documents.


Click here to apply for SUMS Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Elective program:




To apply to other SUMS Elective programs please check the links below:


Medical Elective (Internship) Programs

Specialty and Subspecialty (Residency) Elective

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