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.

IDP Student Webinar

For more information about our IDP Program, please watch our IDP Student Webinar here. 

2021 Applications

Applications for the 2020 - 2021 International Dental Progam (IDP) will open on March 5, 2020. 

The 2020 applicaiton deadline is August 3, 2020.


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

UB Dental offers IDP Students an eleven-week summer program. During this condensed summer program the following topics taught in the first two years of the DDS Program will be covered: 
  • Dentures
  • Restoration
  • Endodontics
  • Implantology
  • Periodontics 
  • Pediatrics
  • Impressions
  • Anesthesia and Medical Emergencies

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.

IDP Student Perspective

Gain a sense of what it is like to be a student in our program. Please view the videos below:

Dr. Parthiv Patel

Class of 2019

Dr. Shaimaa Baqai

Class of 2019


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!