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International Dentist Program - How to Apply

The University at Buffalo IDP program participates in the ADEA Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID). 

2017 applications will be accepted through the ADEA CAAPID Centralized Application from March 1 - May 17, 2017.

CAAPID does not take part in student selection.

Introduction to the CAAPID Application

Please see the ADEA Introduction to the CAAPID Application video.

ADEA CAAPID Instructions

For more information, please contact ADEA CAAPID by phone: 617-612-2035 or by e-mail.

Materials to be sent to CAAPID

  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.
  • Letters can be no older than three years. For the 2018 CAAPID cycle, our committee will only accept recommendations from 2015, 2016, and 2017.
  • 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 sent directly to the University at Buffalo IDP Program

  • 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.

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

Q: What is the deadline for applying to IDP at the University at Buffalo?

A: The application deadline is May 17, 2017.


Q: When should I apply to the University at Buffalo?

A: The 2018 CAAPID application cycle opens on March 1Early application is encouraged to remain competitive.


Q: If I applied in a previous application cycle, do I have to submit an application through CAAPID again?

A:  Yes. Returning applicants will need to submit a new application along with required documents through CAAPID.


Q: Who should I contact if I have questions about the CAAPID IDP Online Portal?

A: Please contact ADEA CAAPID helpline by phone: 617-612-2035 or by e-mail:


Q: Is there a supplemental application for the University at Buffalo?

A: No. There is no supplemental application.


Q: What materials should I send directly to University at Buffalo?

A: There is a required $75.00 USD supplemental application fee.  No additional documents are to be sent directly to the program, only to CAAPID.


Q: Do I need to wait for Buffalo to send me an email before submitting my $75 supplemental application fee?

A: No. All applicants are required to pay the $75.00 USD supplemental application fee by the application deadline in order for their application to be processed and reviewed.  We send an e-mail payment reminder as a courtesy.  No exceptions will be made for a late payment.


Q: Can I submit the $75 supplemental application fee before I submit my CAAPID application?

A: Yes. The payment can be made prior to submitting the application.


Q: What agency’s course-by-course evaluations does your school accept?

A: We will only accept ECE or WES. However, we prefer ECE.


Q: Does the IDP program have a mimimum GPA for admission consideration?

A: While the IDP program doesn't require a minimum GPA for consideration, the admissions committee considers an overall ECE or WES GPA of 3.30 or better as competitive.


TOEFL Requirement Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ's]

Q: Am I required to take the TOEFL?

A: Yes. if your native language is NOT English, you are required to submit a TOEFL score directly to CAAPID.


Q: I am an international student but I have lived in the U.S. for a while. Do I still need to submit TOEFL?

A: Yes. The only exception is if your native language is English.


Q: Am I exempt from taking the TOEFL when I have earned a degree from a U.S. college/university that did not require me to take a TOEFL since my English is good/proficient?

A:  No. The only exception is if your native language is English.


Q: How old can my TOEFL scores be for admission consideration?

A: 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.


Q: What if I have taken the TOEFL examination, but the school will not receive the results until after the application deadline?

A: The TOEFL score must be reported (either self-reported or official score report) by CAAPID on or before the May 17 deadline. If an applicant submits a secondary TOEFL score after May 17, it may or may not be considered depending on where the IDP Admissions Committee is in the cycle.


Q: Is there a minimum TOEFL requirement required for admission consideration?

A: Yes. the minimum iBT total score for the University at Buffalo is 79.  However, a score of 90 or better is considered competitive by the Admissions Committee.


Q: Can I apply to CAAPID now and submit the TOEFL later?

A: Yes. You can apply first, but the TOEFL score must be reported (either self-reported or official score report) in the CAAPID portal by the May 17 deadline.  No exceptions are granted.


Q: Can my application be reviewed by the Admissions Committee without a TOEFL score?

A: No. Your application will be considered incomplete without a TOEFL score. The only exception for not submitting a TOEFL score is if your native language is English.


Q: What is the Institution Code to send my official TOEFL score to CAAPID?

A: The CAAPID institution code is: B451. Please don't enter University at Buffalo's institution code.  

Application Processing Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ's]

Q: I have submitted my application materials to CAAPID, when will it be processed by the University at Buffalo?

A: Your application will be processed when your CAAPID status is “Complete” and your $75 supplemental application fee has been paid.


Q: Will I receive any notifiication regarding the completion of my application from your school?

A:  Yes. Applicants will be notified once the application is complete via e-mail. We will also notify applicants if any application documents are missing.


Q: Will my application be reviewed if a document is missing?

A: No. An application will only be reviewed once it is complete.  


Q: I received an e-mail from the University at Buffalo notifying me that my application is complete. When can I expect an update on my status?

A: Once your application is complete, your application will be sent to the Admissions Committee for a formal review.  The formal review process can take several weeks.  Please refrain from inquiring at this time. Candidates will receive all application status updates directly via e-mail.


Q: What happens when I submit my CAAPID application with ADEA on the deadline date?

A: Applicants are highly encouraged not to wait until the May 17th deadline to submit their CAAPID application.  Applicants who do apply on or near the ADEA/CAAPID deadline, must take full responsibility to fulfill both the ADEA and University at Buffalo application requirements and deadlines.

Interview 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.
  • Upon completion of the interview process, the Admissions Committee will evaluate and offer provisional acceptances to those selected.

Interview Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How will applicants be notified if selected for an interview?

A: If selected, the Admissions Office will contact candidates with all interview informationa directly via e-mail. All candidates are expected to confirm their attendance for the interview.


Q: When will candidates be notified of acceptance?

A: Offers for the program are generally extended two to three weeks after the bench test and interviews are completed for all students.

General Bench Test Preparation Course

The University at Buffalo offers a preparatory course in restorative dentistry for international dentists. This course is optimal for those who may need better preparation in fixed and removable prosthodontics, operative dentistry, and treatment planning for the testing required by most U.S. dental schools as part of their admissions process.

The course features didactic and hands-on sessions supervised by School of Dental Medicine Faculty. The course includes a mock bench test and a detailed review of the results. Participants will be trained in the state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Simulation Laboratory as well as the new pre-clinical facility at the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine.

This course is not a prerequisite nor does it guarantee admission to any dental school.