International Dentist Program


2015 applications will be accepted through
the ADEA CAAPID Centralized Application
from March 17 - June 1, 2014.

The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine offers the International Dentist Program (IDP) for the internationally trained dentist who seeks to practice dentistry in the United States. The International Dentist Program is two years in duration, beginning in May with an intensive preparatory summer course. Graduates receive a DDS degree and are eligible to participate in the various licensure examinations given across the country.

The School of Dental Medicine accepts 24 applicants to this program each year. Admission to the IDP program is highly competitive.  Applications to the IDP program will be reviewed on a rolling basis, therefore early completion of the application is in the best interest of the applicant.  Following initial review of applications, the IDP Admissions Committee will invite a number of applicants to come to the School of Dental Medicine for an interview, dexterity and case study testing. A personal interview is required for admission, but does not guarantee acceptance.  

Eligibility

Graduates of international dental schools who have satisfactorily completed an academic program of study of not less than four years, culminating in a degree, diploma, or certificate in dentistry recognized by the appropriate civil authorities of the country in which the school is located, will be considered for admission to the IDP program.  Applicants must have earned the dental degree and hold a final diploma prior to applying to the IDP program.  Provisional degrees and certificates are not sufficient. Applicants to the IDP program may be foreign nationals, United States citizens, or Permanent Residents of the United States.

National Board Dental Examination Requirements
Program requires passage of Part I NBDE to be eligible to apply for the program, and your scores must be entered on the CAAPID application.  Applicants who have passed NBDE Part II scores entered on the CAAPID application will be given preference for admission.  Applicants should not send official NBDE score reports at the time of application.

Communication Skills
An important consideration in the selection process for the International Dentist Program is the applicant's effectiveness and clarity in verbal communication. It is essential both for completion of the academic program and for effective communication with patients in the clinics.

TOEFL Requirements
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL with a score at or above minimum of 550 (written) / 213 (computer based) / 79 (internet based) obtained within two years of the start of the program (June 2012 for Fall 2014 admission).  Applicants should not send official TOEFL score reports at the time of application.  Candidates offered an interview will be asked to submit official scores at a later time.

Interviews and Selection of Students

Interviews will be granted after the applicant’s credentials have been reviewed. The Admissions Committee will review all applicants, but will only invite qualified applicants to participate in the interview process. Interviews are by invitation only. The interview process consists of an orientation to the School of Dental Medicine, faculty interview, and a bench testing pre-clinical exercise.  The $1,000 fee to sit for the bench test is non-refundable. Candidates invited to interview will be provided with detailed information on how to remit the bench testing fee, and how to plan their travel to Buffalo for the interview and bench testing.  Each interviewee is responsible for his or her own visa, travel and expenses.

Selection of applicants for admission is based on the interview criteria in addition to academic performance and letters of evaluation. Upon completion of the interview process, the Admissions Committee will evaluate and offer provisional acceptances to those selected.

Estimated Costs of Attendance 2013-2014

The International Dentist Program expenses include the following items: Continuing Education Summer Program Fee of $75,000, Tuition & Fees.  All estimated expenses for the entire two year program are detailed on the Costs of Attendance document.  Please note that all costs documented are ESTIMATED, and all figures are subject to change.

Application Requirements:

The University at Buffalo IDP program participates in the ADEA Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID).  CAAPID does not take part in student selection. 

Materials to be sent to CAPPID are:

  1. CAAPID Application
  2. Official Course-By-Course Evaluation conducted by World Education Services (WES)
  3. Three Letters of Evaluation to ADEA CAAPID (do not send directly to the school)  One letter must come from the dean of the dental school from which the applicant graduated. The other two letters may be from academic faculty or dental professionals.

*TOEFL and NBDE scores can be entered into the CAAPID application.

Applicants should NOT send reports at the time of application.  The TOEFL and NBDE scores will be considered through CAAPID.

Materials to be submitted directly to the University at Buffalo IDP Program are:

  1. Supplemental Application Fee of U.S. $75.00.  The supplemental application fee must be received by the School of Dental Medicine prior to the initial review of the application.  The application fee is non-refundable and is not credited toward any charges when an accepted applicant registers as a student.  We require electronic submission of the application fee via credit card or e-check.

    Pay the Supplemental Application Fee now via UB ePay.

  2. If you are enrolled in a Graduate / Masters Program within the USA or Canada, please send official transcripts.

TRANSCRIPTS SHOULD BE SENT TO:

Ms. Kristin Yager

Student Admissions / Attn:  IDP Program

School of Dental Medicine

315 Squire Hall

University at Buffalo

Buffalo New York 14214

*** Please DO NOT SUBMIT any additional documents such as high school transcripts, certificates, and/or publications, CVs and additional letters of recommendation.  The documents will NOT be considered by the Admissions Committee.

The deadline to file an application and submit all supporting documents is June 1, 2014 for May 2015 admission. 

** Re-applicants - Please apply through CAAPID as your previous application cannot be considered.  

*Applicants will be notified through e-mail regarding their application status.