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International Dentist Program (DDS)

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 Cost of Attendance

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.

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 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 minimum of 79 on the IBT [Internet Based TOEFL) obtained within two years of the start of the program (May 2016 for 2018 admission).
  • TOEFL exams from January - April 2016 will be considered for review by the Admissions Committee. If selected to bench test and interview, candidates will be asked to submit an updated TOEFL to meet our admissions requirements and submission timeframes.

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.

IDP Eligibility Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ's]

Q: Can I apply with a provisional dental degree?

A: 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.

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Q: Do I need to be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States to be eligible?

A: No. Applicants to IDP at UB may be foreign nationals (those requiring a visa), United States citizens, or Permanent Residents of the United States.

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Q: I have not taken the National Dental Board Examination (NBDE) Part II, can I still be considered for the program?

A: Yes. However, applicants who have passed NBDE Part II will be given preference for admission.

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Q: I won’t have Part 2 of the NBDE passed before the May 17, 2017 deadline. Will my application still be considered? How can I let the committee know that I’ve passed Part 2?

A: Though not required, our committee gives preference to those candidates who passed Part 2 of the NBDE. However, all applications that meet our requirements will receive a full file review. We recommend candidates indicate when they plan on taking Part 2 of the NBDE in the CAAPID portal.There is a CAAPID that asks when you plan on taking the exam if you haven’t already.Please contact our admissions office AFTER you’ve received your Part 2 score report so we have your most current information.