Admission Requirements

2021 Applications

Applications for the 2020 - 2021 International Dental Program (IDP) will open on March 5, 2020. 

The 2020 application deadline is August 3, 2020.

Accreditation

The predoctoral dental education program (DDS) is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of accredited without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is www.ada.org/en/coda.

Application Process

The School of Dental Medicine accepts 24 applicants to this program each year. Admission 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.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the IDP program, applicants must meet the requirements. All applications that meet our requirements will receive a full file review.

Academic Degree

Applicants must:

  • Be a graduate of an international dental school
  • 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 
  • Have earned the dental degree and hold a final diploma prior to applying to the IDP program; provisional degrees and certificates are not sufficient

National Board Dental Examination [NBDE] Requirements

Applicants must meet the National Board Dental Examination [NBDE] requirements. 

Part I

  • Program requires passage of Part I NBDE to be eligible to apply.
  • You must make arrangements to submit official NBDE Part I scores to CAAPID directly.
  • Our committee must see your official NBDE scores in the CAAPID portal by our August 3, 2020 admissions deadline.
  • Self-reported NBDE Part I will not be considered.
  • The committee will not know if you passed NBDE Part I in your online CAAPID application unless you submit official NBDE scores in the CAAPID portal.
  • Applicants with NBDE scores older than 2012 must submit official NBDE score reports directly to our office.

Part II

  • Applicants who have passed NBDE Part II will be given preference for admission.
  • You must make arrangements to submit official NBDE Part II scores to CAAPID directly.
  • Our committee must see your official NBDE scores in the CAAPID portal by our August 3, 2020 admissions deadline.
  • Self-reported NBDE Part II will not be considered.
  • The committee will not know if you passed NBDE Part II in your online CAAPID application unless you submit official NBDE scores in the CAAPID portal.
  • Applicants with NBDE scores older than 2012 must submit official NBDE score reports directly to our office.

You can still be considered for the program if you have not taken NBDE Part II. However, preference for admission is given to those who have passed Part II or the Integrated NBDE.

Citizenship

Applicants to the IDP program may be foreign nationals (those requiring a visa), United States citizens, or Permanent Residents of the United States.

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

  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL with a score at or above minimum of 79 internet-based.
  • TOEFL scores must be obtained within two years of the start of the program (May 1, 2019 and after for 2021 admission).
  • TOEFL scores of 90 or better are considered competitive by the admissions committee.
  • Applicants with TOEFL score reports dated from January 1 – April 30, 2019 will be considered for review by the Admissions Committee. If selected to bench test and interview, candidates with January 1 – April 30, 2019 scores will be asked to submit an updated TOEFL prior to our interview day to meet our admissions requirements and submission timeframe (two years from the start of the program).
  • You must make arrangements to submit official TOEFL scores to CAAPID directly.
  • Our committee must see your official TOEFL scores in the CAAPID portal by our August 3, 2020 admissions deadline.
  • TOEFL submission instructions are located on this webpage: http://www.adea.org/CAAPIDapp/Instructions/Standardized-Tests.aspx
  • Self-reported TOEFL scores will not be considered.
  • The committee will not know your offical TOEFL scores unless you submit them to your online CAAPID application.
TOEFL Notes

Official, valid TOEFL scores must be seen in the CAAPID portal by our August 3, 2020 admissions deadline.

IDP Interview dates have no bearing on TOEFL score timeframes. We adhere to program start date to determine TOEFL score timeframes.

Other dental schools may have different TOEFL policies. Please be sure to consult with each specific school you apply to for their individual TOEFL policy.

Our progam does not accept the International English Testing System [IELTS] exam to meet our English Language Proficiency requirement.

TOEFL - Special Home Edition

To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT, ETS is temporarily offering the iBT Special Home Edition Examination.

University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine will accept the Special Home Edition.

For those students taking the Home Based iBT, only official home scores will be accepted. Please make arrangements to have scores submitted directly to CAAPID.

Do not submit TOEFL scores to the University at Buffalo.  

Are you in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

If you are a student currently in China and not able to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home.

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