University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry

Description of Program

The University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry (UCSF SOD) International Dentist Program is a two-year (eight-quarter) program that prepares dentists trained outside of the United States to earn a U.S. Doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree. In June of each year, 28 students are fully integrated into the D.D.S. curriculum and comprehensive clinical programs.

Contact Information

International Dentist Program
Office of Admissions & Outreach
SoD Learner Success Center

513 Parnassus Avenue, S619
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430

Telephone: 415-476-2737
Fax: 415-476-4226
Email: IDPAdmissions@ucsf.edu 

Program Details

Length of Program: 24 months
Application available starting: March 5, 2020
Deadline for accepting Application: June 30, 2020
Program Start Date: June 2021
Class Size: 28
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.



Requirements to apply to program

Application

Applications are processed through the American Dental Education Association Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (ADEA CAAPID®). The application can be submitted starting March 5 and must be electronically submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on June 30. We advise you to begin your ADEA CAAPID application early to allow yourself sufficient time to complete it by the deadline. Late applications will not be considered.


UCSF Supplemental Questions

The UCSF SOD supplemental questions are in the UCSF SOD school section of the ADEA CAAPID application and are required for completeness of applications. These biographical statement questions are listed below:

We are interested in learning more about you as a person and the unique experiences, interests and skills that set you apart from other candidates. Your biographical statements are used to expand upon the information in your application. The replies to these questions should not be a repeat of what you wrote in response to the questions in the application.

  • How have you prepared yourself for learning and practicing in the United States? (1,500-character limit)
  • What do you think is a major issue(s) that dentistry in the United States will face and how will you address this in your practice? (1,500-character limit)
  • UCSF PRIDE values (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, and Excellence) are an integral part of our identity. Please select a value that resonates with you and tell us why. (1,500-character limit)
  • What is important to you in selecting a dental school? How will you make your decision about which school to attend? (1,500-character limit)

Transcripts and Evaluations

Submit an official Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. (ECE) or World Education Service (WES) course-by-course evaluation of all international coursework and upload a copy of your international transcripts (dental school and any others) via the ADEA CAAPID application. If you cannot have an official ECE or WES evaluation sent to ADEA CAAPID and you have a copy, please scan and upload to the ADEA CAAPID application.

Please note: If selected for an interview, applicants will be required to submit an official transcript from all international institutions. These documents will be required prior to the interview date (interviews held in October). Official transcripts must be sent directly to UCSF SOD from the issuing institution(s). Notarized copies are not acceptable.


National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Requirements

  • Submit official scores via ADEA CAAPID application.
  • You must pass both NBDE Part I and Part II of the exam.
  • Must have minimum TOEFL scores of 95 or higher on the internet-based test (iBT) within two years of the opening of the application cycle. The home-based TOEFL exam is accepted.

Letters of Recommendation/Evaluation

Please submit three Letters of Recommendation via ADEA CAAPID application (required from a clinician who has supervised your work, an academic from your home institution and one of your choice). If your recommender is unable to obtain letterhead, we require them to upload the letter directly to ADEA CAAPID, and it must include their electronic signature and all their contact information.


Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Please upload your CV to the ADEA CAAPID application.


UCSF Application Processing Fee

To have your application processed, please submit the non-refundable UCSF application processing fee of $200 (USD) at our Online Payment System. Checks will not be accepted.


Clinical Experience

Preferred minimum experience of two years.


The CASPer Test (Optional)

CASPer is a computer-based assessment for sampling personal characteristics. CASPer is an online test that assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. It also will complement the other information that we use for holistic applicant screening. Although this is optional, we encourage you to take this assessment.


Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

Completion of the ADAT will not be considered during the review of applications for admission to this program.