University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry

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Description of Program

The UCSF International Dentist Program (IDP) is a two-year (8-quarter) program administered by the UCSF School of Dentistry. The program may extend beyond two years depending on the student’s ability to meet all graduation requirements.

The program admits 28 foreign-trained dentists yearly. The program begins in June of each year and culminates in a Doctor of Dental Science (D.D.S.) degree. These students will matriculate into the existing third year didactic curriculum.

Contact Information

Mary Pham
UCSF School of Dentistry
IDP Program
707 Parnasssus Avenue - #D-4010

Fourth Floor - Box #0636
San Francisco, CA  94143-0636
Telephone: (415) 476-0589
Fax: (415) 476-3448

Program Details

Length of Program: 24 months
Application available starting: March 5, 2019
Deadline for accepting Application: May 31, 2019
Program Start Date: June  15, 2020
Class Size: 28
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.

Requirements to apply to program

English Language Proficiency

  • Must be proficient in the English language
  • All applicants must take the TOEFL to be considered for admission
  • Submit official TOEFL Score Report to program (not to ADEA CAAPID) 
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL
  • Submit your TOEFL Score Report with scores earned from 06/08/2016 to the present.
  • Minimum TOEFL Scores are as followed & earned between 05/31/2017 to present:
    •  95 or higher on the internet based test (iBT), or
    • 240 or higher on the computer test, or
    • 587 or higher on the paper test

National Board Dental Examination Requirements

  • Applicants must pass Part 1 and Part 2 of NBDE
  • Submit official NBDE Part 1 and Part 2 Report to program (not to ADEA CAAPID)

Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

  • Completion of the ADAT will "not" required for admissions to this program. 

Letter of Evaluation

  • Requires (3) letters of recommendation (dean, faculty & candidate choice)
  • Letters must come stamped and sealed from evaluators providing the recommendations..

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • Applicants must submit original dental school, non-dental school and all postgraduate program transcripts directly to program
  • Transcripts must come stamped and sealed from all conferring institutions. Notarized copies are "not" acceptable. Please refer to our website for translation of documents.
  • Submit original official ECE course-by-course evaluation. Dental School transcript must have a GPA of 2.40 (comprehensive) or higher in order to be considered for admission. To ensure uniformity of evaluation, the ECE is the "only" credential evaluation report accepted.

Application Fee

  • A non-refundable application fee of $200.00 (USD) in the form of a money order or cashier’s check, payable to “UC Regents”, must be submitted.
  • Send your non-refundable application fee to program, at the address below:
    UCSF Office of the Registrar
    P. O. Box #742908
    Los Angeles, CA 90074-2908

Other documents that should be sent to directly to the Program (not to ADEA CAAPID)

Additional Information

Before final admission, provisionally admitted applicants who need a visa must complete a Confidential Financial Statement. The certification is necessary for UCSF to provide a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20A/B) which allows the applicant to apply for a student visa. The I-20 A/B is only given to applicants granted final acceptance to the IDP.