The International Dentist Program (IDP) is for the internationally trained dentist who seeks to practice dentistry in the United States. Graduates receive a DDS degree and are eligible to participate in the various licensure examinations given across the country.
Applications for the International Dentist Program (IDP) are now closed.
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.
The International Dentist Program is two years in duration, beginning in May with an intensive preparatory summer course.
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.
The International Dentist Program expenses include the following items:
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.
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.
Applicants to the IDP program may be foreign nationals (those requiring a visa), United States citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States.
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.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL with a minimum of 79 on the IBT [Internet Based TOEFL) obtained within two years of the start of the program (May 2016 for 2018 admission).