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.
Applicaitons for the Summer 2023 International Dentist Program will open in March 2022.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Official, valid TOEFL scores must be seen in the CAAPID portal by our July 15, 2022 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.
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.