About the Program

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.

2019 Applications

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

The 2019 applicaiton deadline is May 31, 2018


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.

Length of the Program

The International Dentist Program is two years in duration, beginning in May with an intensive preparatory summer course.

Summer Course

Third Year

In the third year, study of most clinical subjects continues, with courses in oral pathology and radiology, pharmacology, oral medicine, and anesthesia. Lecture courses lessen in quantity, and the clinical practice of dentistry begins to take precedence in time and effort. Third-year students spend three full days (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) in the clinic each week, with the remaining two days spent in classes and labs.

Fourth Year

The fourth-year selective program allows students to pursue their career interests in dentistry or to begin to focus on a specialty area that may or may not be pursued after graduation. Fourth-year students select courses from a wide range of clinical, basic, and behavioral sciences, based on their individual interests. Students enroll in a minimum of 2 credit hours or two courses of selectives in the fall and spring semesters.


At UB, we encourage collaboration within the School of Dental Medicine, with outside researchers and with sponsors. Our dedicated centers and facilities offer specialized research opportunities for those who are dedicated to oral health research.


Our faculty comes from a wide variety of experiences, you can learn more about our faculty on this page. 


Our faculty comes from a wide variety of experiences, you can learn more about our faculty on this page!

Current IDP Students

The Application Process

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.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

The International Dentist Program expenses include the following items:

  • Continuing Education Summer Program Fee
  • 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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Academic Degree

Applicants must:
  • Be a graduate of an international dental school
  • 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 
  • Have earned the dental degree and hold a final diploma prior to applying to the IDP program; provisional degrees and certificates are not sufficient

NBDE Part I and Part II

Applicants must meet the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Requirements.

Part I

  • Program requires passage of Part I NBDE to be eligible to apply.
  • 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.

Part II

  • 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.
  • If you have not passed the NBDE Part II before the application deadlines, we recommend candidates indicate when they plan on taking Part II of the NBDE in the CAAPID portal.
  • You can still be considered for the program if you have not taken NBDE Part II.


Applicants to the IDP program may be foreign nationals (those requiring a visa), United States citizens, or Permanent Residents of the United States.

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.


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 scores of 90 or better are considered competitive by the admissions committee.

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.