How To Apply

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

2019 Applications

Applications for the 2018- 2019 International Dental Progam (IDP) will open on March 1, 2018. 

The 2019 application deadline is May 31, 2018.

IDP Application Steps

Step 1. Learn How To Apply Through CAAPID

Please watch the ADEA Introduction to the CAAPID Application video. For more information, view the instructions online, or please contact ADEA CAAPID by phone: 617-612-2035 or by e-mail. Please note that CAAPID does not take part in student selection.

Step 2. Complete the CAAPID Application

Complete the online CAAPID Application

Please go online and complete your CAAPID application to our IDP Program.

Submit the following materials to your online CAAPID application:

1. Transcripts and ECE Evaluations

2. NBDE Scores

3. Letters of Evaluation

1. Transcripts and ECE Evaluations

  • Applicants must submit a detailed Educational Credential Evaluator [ECE] course-by-course evaluation to ADEA CAAPID.
  • Our school does not accept the World Education Services [WES] evaluation.

2. NBDE Scores

  • Program requires passage of Part I NBDE to be considered for admission. Applicants who have passed NBDE Part II will be given preference for admission.
  • You must make arrangements to submit official NBDE scores to CAAPID. Otherwise, the committee will not know if you passed NBDE Part I and Part II in your online CAAPID application.
  • Applicants with NBDE scores older than 2012 must submit official NBDE score reports to our office directly. 

3. Letters of Evaluation

  • Applicants must submit three Letters of Evaluation through the ADEA CAAPID portal (do not send directly to the school)
  • Letters should come from academic faulty or dental professionals who can best attest to your skills, abilities, and personal attributes. 
Important Information About Your Letters of Evaluation
  • Letters should come from academic faulty or dental professionals who can best attest to your skills, abilities, and personal attributes. 
  • Letters can be no older than three years. For the 2019 CAAPID cycle, our committee will only accept recommendations from 2016, 2017, and 2018.
  • 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 these two requirements.
  • Please inform your evaluators of the importance of the requirements prior to submitting your application.
  • Only three letters will be considered. No additional letters will be accepted.
How To Submit Letters of Evaluation
  • Do not send letters directly to the University at Buffalo.
  • Applicants should submit letters of evaluation in the Evaluation section of the “Supplemental Materials” section of the ADEA CAAPID application.  

Step 3. Pay the Supplemental Application Fee to UB by the Deadline

  • The Supplemental Application Fee of U.S. $75.00 must be received by the School of Dental Medicine by the May 31, 2018 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.
$75.00 Supplemental Fee Note

Please note the $75.00 USD supplemental application fee is a separate fee from the ADEA CAAPID application.  

In order for your IDP application to be processed and reviewed, we must receive your $75.00 supplemental application fee.  

Step 4. Attend an Interview (If Invited)

  • 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.
  • 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 fee to sit for the bench test is non-refundable. 
  • The Admissions Office will contact selected candidates directly via e-mail, and will provide more information about the interview. All candidates are expected to confirm their attendance for the interview.
  • 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.

Bench Test Prep 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. Please note that this course is not a prerequisite, nor does it guarantee admission to any dental school.

Step 5. Wait for a Decision after IDP Bench Test and Interview

  • Upon completion of the interview process, the Admissions Committee will evaluate and offer provisional acceptances to those selected.
  • Offers for the program are generally extended two to three weeks after the bench test and interviews are completed for all students.
Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ's]

The following sections provide answers to many IDP applicaiton questions.

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

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

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

  • The application deadline is May 31, 2018.

When should I apply to the University at Buffalo?

  • The 2019 CAAPID application cycle opens on March 1
  • Early application is encouraged to remain competitive.

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

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

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

Is there a supplemental application for the University at Buffalo?

  • No. There is no supplemental application.
  • However, there is a $75.00 USD supplemental application fee. 

What materials should I send directly to University at Buffalo?

  • There is a required $75.00 USD supplemental application fee and can be submitted to our EPAY system.
  • No additional documents are to be sent directly to the program, only to CAAPID.

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

  • 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 supplemental fee payment after the May 31, 2018 deadline.

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

  • Yes. The $75.00 USD supplemental application fee payment can be made prior to submitting the application.
  • Our committee will match up your supplemental fee to your CAAPID application. 

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

Does the IDP program have a minimum GPA for admission consideration?

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

TOEFL Requirement Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ's]


Please pay close attention to our TOEFL requirements.

Other dental schools may have a different TOEFL policy.

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

Am I required to take the TOEFL?

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

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

  • Yes. The only exception is if your native language is English.

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?

  • No. The only exception is if your native language is English.

How old can my TOEFL scores be for admission consideration?

  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL with a score at or above minimum of 79 (internet based) or better obtained within two years of the start of the program (May 2017 for 2019 admission).
  • TOEFL score reports dated from January 1 – April 30, 2017 will be considered for review by the Admissions Committee. 
  • If selected to bench test and interview, candidates with January 1 – April 30, 2017 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).
  • Note: IDP interview dates have no bearing on TOEFL score timeframes. We adhere to program start date to determine TOEFL score timeframes.
  • Note: Other dental schools may have a different TOEFL policy. Please be sure to consult with each specific school you apply to for their individual TOEFL policy.

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

  • The TOEFL score must be reported (either self-reported or official score report) by CAAPID on or before the May 31, 2018 deadline.
  • If an applicant submits a secondary TOEFL score after May 31, 2018, it may or may not be considered depending on where the IDP Admissions Committee is in the cycle.

Is there a minimum TOEFL requirement required for admission consideration?

  • Yes. the minimum University at Buffalo IBT total score is 79
  • However, a score of 90 or better is considered competitive by the Admissions Committee.

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

  • 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 31, 2018 deadline.  
  • No exceptions are granted.

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

  • 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.

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

  • The CAAPID institution code is: B451
  • Please don't enter the University at Buffalo's institution code. 
  • Your official TOEFL scores should be reported to CAAPiD.

Application Processing Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ's]

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

  • Your application will be processed when your CAAPID status is “Complete” and your $75.00 USD supplemental application fee has been paid.

Will I receive any notification regarding the completion of my application from your school?

  • Yes. Applicants will be notified via e-mail once their application is complete.
  • We will also notify applicants if any application documents are required to complete their application.

Will my application be reviewed if a document is missing?

  • No. Our commitee will only review completed IDP applications. 

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?

  • 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
  • Candidates will receive all application status updates directly via e-mail.
  • Our committee does its best to keep candidates apprised of their status as best as possible. 

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

  • Applicants are highly encouraged not to wait until the May 31, 2018  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.
  • Candidates who have not submitted a completed application by May 31, 2018 deadline will not be considered for the 2019 cycle.