University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

Description of Program

The International Dentist Program (IDP) at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine is designed to provide qualified dentists educated outside the United States with the education and experience required to earn a U.S. dental degree. Participants will earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree following an intensive, two-year didactic and clinical program.


Contact Information

Luke Ramey                                        
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
315 Squire Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214
Telephone: 716-829-6926
Fax: 716-829-2731
Email: IDP@buffalo.edu

Program Details

Length of Program: 24 months 
Program Deadline: Aug. 3, 2020 
Start Date: May 2021 
Class Size: 24 
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.



Requirements to Apply to Program

English Language Proficiency

  • Must be proficient in the English language.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score at or above minimum of 79 (internet-based).  
  • TOEFL scores must be obtained within two years of the start of the program (May 1, 2019 and after for 2021 admission).
  • TOEFL scores of 90 or better are considered competitive by the admissions committee.
  • TOEFL score reports dated from Jan. 1 – April 30, 2019 will be considered for review by the Admissions Committee. If selected to bench test and interview, candidates with Jan. 1 – April 30, 2019 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).
  • You must make arrangements to submit official TOEFL scores to CAAPID. TOEFL submission instructions are located online.
  • 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.
  • Note: Our program does not accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam to meet our English Language Proficiency requirement.

National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Requirements

  • Program requires passage of NBDE Part I to be considered for admission.
  • Applicants who have passed NBDE Part II will be given preference for admission.
  • You must make arrangements to submit official NBDE scores to CAAPID.  
  • You must self-report NBDE Part I and Part II scores in the CAAPID portal.
  • The Committee will not know if you passed NBDE Part I and Part II in your online CAAPID application if you don’t self-report and submit official NBDE scores.  
  •  Applicants with NBDE scores older than 2012 must submit official NBDE score reports to our office directly.

Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

  • Completion of the ADAT will not be considered during application review for admission to the program.

Letter of Evaluation

  • Applicants must submit three Letters of Evaluation through the ADEA CAAPID portal. (Do not send directly to the school.)
  • Letters should come from academic faulty or dental professionals who can best attest to your skills, abilities and personal attributes.

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • Applicants must submit a detailed Educational Credential Evaluator, Inc. (ECE) course-by-course evaluation to ADEA CAAPID.
  • Our school does not accept the World Education Services (WES) evaluation.

Application Fees

  • A supplemental $85 USD application fee is due by our Aug. 3, 2020 deadline and must be submitted directly to the program (not to ADEA CAAPID).
  • Application fees can be submitted online.

Additional Requirements

  • Bench test and interviewing are part of the University at Buffalo IDP application process.
  • Selected candidates will receive additional interview and bench test information.
  • Note: Selected applicants will be required to submit a mandatory bench test fee.