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 EducationDDS ProgramInternational Dentist Program (DDS)     January 21, 2017  

International Dentist Program

2017 applications will be accepted through
the ADEA CAAPID Centralized Application

from March 1 - May 17, 2017

About the Program

  • 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.  
  • Estimated Costs of Attendance 2017-2018

  • 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.


  • 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 will be given preference for admission.  The scores MUST be entered on the CAAPID application.
    • 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 (May 2015 for 2017 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.

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 CAAPID are:

  1. CAAPID Application
  2. Official Course-By-Course Evaluation conducted by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES)
  3. Three Letters of Evaluation to ADEA CAAPID (do not send directly to the school).  The letters should be from academic faculty or dental professionals.
  • The UB School of Dental Medicine strongly prefers applicants to submit letters of evaluation in the Evaluation section of the “Supplemental Materials”section of the ADEA CAAPID application.  
  • These letters must come directly from the evaluator in an online portal. The letters are to be on official letterhead and be signed by the evaluator to be Official.  Your application will be considered incomplete without the two requirements. ***Please inform the evaluators of the importance of the requirements prior to submitting your application.
  • Applicants who have paper copies of letters of evaluations and are unable to have them submitted online using the Evaluation section of the application may scan these documents and upload each one separately here in the “Program Materials” Documents section.
  • Please note that letters scanned and uploaded by the applicant will be considered unofficial.
  • All scanned documents must be saved in one of the acceptable formats and must be under the file size limit of 5 MB in order to be uploaded. The accepted file formats are MSWord (.doc, .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), Portable Document Format (.pdf), and ASCII Text file (.txt). Do not password protect files.
  • NO Additional letters will be accepted. ONLY 3 Letters will be considered.  

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 by the May 17 application deadline.  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. 


  • There is NO Supplemental Application 

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

  • TOEFL and NBDE scores are to be entered into the CAAPID application by the MAY 17 Application deadline. The scores will ONLY be considered through CAAPID.  Applicants should NOT send reports at the time of application.  
  • Please list all sections of the TOEFL.
  • 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 May 17, 2016 for May 2017 admission. 
  • Re-applicants - Please apply through CAAPID as your previous application cannot be considered.  

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.


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