How To Apply

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The International Dentist Program participates in the ADEA Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID).

2021 Applications

Applications for the 2020 - 2021 International Dental Progam [IDP] will open on March 5, 2020. 

The 2021 application deadline is August 3, 2020.

IDP Application Steps
Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ's]

The following sections provide answers to many questions including:

Application Deadline



Application Processing

Please contact our IDP Admissions Committee if you are unable to find an answer to your question. 

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

If you currently in China and unable 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. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

Application Deadline & Requirements Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ's]

TOEFL Requirement Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ's]


Please pay close attention to our TOEFL requirements.

Other dental schools have different TOEFL policies.

Please be sure to consult with each specific school you apply to for their individual TOEFL policy.

TOEFL scores must be obtained within two years of the start of the program

May 1, 2019 and after for 2021 admission consideration.

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).

TOEFL score reports dated before January 1, 2019 will NOT be considered for review.

Your CAAPID application will be considered incomplete.  In order for your CAAPID application to be considered for review by the committee, TOEFL scores must be January 1, 2019 or later. 

No exceptions will be made.

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. 

Application Processing Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ's]