Indiana University School of Dentistry

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Description of Program

The Indiana University-International Dentist Program (IU-IDP) offers qualified graduates from international dental schools the opportunity to earn the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree at Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD). Qualified Applicants who successfully complete the application process and matriculate into the (IUSD) DDS program, will enter the DDS second semester of the second year of Dental School. Upon successful completion of the DDS program, graduates are eligible to take state or regional clinical board examinations to be eligible for dental licensure and dental practice in the U.S.

Contact Information

Dr. Melanie R. Peterson, M.B.A - Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs  

Dr. Sopanis Cho - Director, International Dentist Program 

Indiana University School of Dentistry
Office of Academic Programs                       
1121 West Michigan Street, Room 105
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Telephone: 317-274-8173
Fax: 317-278-9066
Email is preferred.

Program Details

Length of Program: A minimum of 30 months
Program Deadline: May 5, 2019                                         
Start Date: January, 2020                                    
Class Size: 14                      
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.

Requirements to apply to program

English Language Proficiency

  • Applicant must be proficient in the English language.
  • Program accepts Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) scores  or post-secondary English coursework. (TOEFL Recommended)           
  • The TOEFL score report should be sent ELECTRONICALLY and directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) to ADEA CAAPID.  A TOEFL minimum score of 90 (iBT) is required.  Preference is given to candidates with scores of 100 and above.

National Board Dental Examination Requirements

  • The IU-IDP program requires passage of NBDE Parts I and II for the application to be complete and for applicants to be considered for admission to the program.
  • National Boards Score Reports issued during or after 2012 must be sent to ADEA CAAPID directly from the ADA. 
  • National Boards Score Reports issued before 2012 must be sent directly from the American Dental Association (ADA) to the IU School of Dentistry via Score reports received from applicant email addresses will be rejected. 
  • National Boards Score Reports can be requested by applicants at the following link:

Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

  • The ADAT is not considered for admission to the program.

Personal Essay

  • A personal statement / essay is required in order for the application to be complete. The personal statement may include information about dental education experiences, dental related activities and professional goals.

Letter of Evaluation

  • The program requires three Letters of Recommendation.
  • Original letters as prescribed below may be uploaded directly to the ADEA CAAPID application by the recommender.
  • Original letters must be:
    • Written on the professional letterhead of the author and include an original signature, the author's address, telephone number and email address. Plain typed documents without the letterhead and author's original signature will be rejected.
    • Written in English, or translated by qualified U.S. Translator.
    • Written within the 12 months prior to the application submission unless they are approved for extenuating circumstances by the Association Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs.
    • The letters must be written by the Dean, Associate Dean, department chair or faculty member from the applicant's former dental school.
    • At least one letter should be written by a dental professional who has worked with the candidate within the 12 months prior to the application submission.

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • Applicant must submit to ADEA CAAPID a detailed evaluation by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). IUSD accepts only ECE evaluations.  WES is not accepted by the IU-IDP Program.
  • No provisional degrees will be accepted.
  • Do not send the ECE report to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at IUSD.
  • Program requires official copies of diploma and transcripts within six months after, and only if, accepted to the program.
  • Program requires original copies of diploma and transcripts of Master’s level degrees within six months after, and only if, accepted to the program.

Application Fees

It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit all required materials to the program by the deadline and to monitor the progress of the submission of the application. Email is the preferred and most efficient way to request the status of the application. In compliance with FERPA, information will not be given over the telephone unless the caller can be unequivocally verified as the applicant. Late or incomplete applications will be rejected. You may contact the Office of Academic Programs at