University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine

Description of Program

Welcome to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) Advanced Standing International Student Program (ISP) at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo. With more than 80,000 patient visits per year and over 400 students and residents, the School of Dental Medicine is an active member of the clinical and educational Anschutz Medical Campus community—a community that you are invited to join.

ISP offers qualified graduates of international dental programs the opportunity to earn the Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree at the CU SDM. Graduates of this two-year, accredited D.D.S. program may take any state or regional board, and thus, are eligible for licensure and practice within the United States.

The program consists of didactic courses supported by some online resources, pre-clinical simulated courses provided within SDM and clinical courses involving direct patient care in the School’s clinic and community-based urban and rural health clinics.

Contact Information

University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
Advanced Standing International Student Program
13065 E 17th Ave. Suites 403
Mail Stop F838
Aurora, CO 80045
Email: sdmisp@ucdenver.edu

Program Details

Length of Program: 24 months
Application Opens: Oct. 1, 2020
Application Deadline: February 23, 2021
University Supplemental Deadline: March 1, 2021
Start Date: January 2022
Class Size: 40
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.



Requirements to Apply to Program

Application Procedure

You should not apply if you have not completed all of the below items:

  1. 94 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – All applicants must take TOEFL. We do not make any exceptions for this criteria even for those who are citizens or those who did schooling in an English-speaking country.
  2. Dental degree – You must have a notarized copy of your dental degree. Provisional degrees, letters of completion or transcripts will not suffice. No exceptions are made for possession of a dental degree.
  3. Passing score of National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part 1

Documents You Will Need to Submit

Complete instructions are found on the school website. Do not rely on information here for application instructions as the website provides detailed information on how to submit the documents below:

  • CAAPID Application, including Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) (the University does not accept World Education Services), personal statement, and official TOEFL score;
  • Resume;
  • Recommendations;
  • Recommendation waivers;
  • Official NBDE score report;
  • Notarized dental degree;
  • Application fee; and
  • Board of Regents questionnaire.

Instructions for Applying to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine

For complete instructions on how to apply to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, please visit our website. Please make sure to scroll all the way through this website and click on the yellow arrows, as there is important information found under each of those steps.

Do not contact ISP until you have visited the website and click on “How to Apply” and read the application instructions thoroughly.


Visit the University of Colorado

Please make plans to visit CU to learn more about the school and the ISP program, tour the campus, observe a class, ask questions about the application process, and learn about life as a student and in Denver.

Please visit the School website to see if there are visit spots available. Please note that it is not possible to accommodate individual visits with faculty. 

The visit will run from either 12 – 3 p.m. or 2 – 5 p.m. Mountain Time. Spots can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis up to 20 people.