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International Dentist 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 Surgery (DDS) degree. These students will matriculate into the existing third year didactic and clinical rotations and in their second year will be fully integrated into the existing fourth year Comprehensive Care clinical programs.

Additionally, IDP students will attend selected predoctoral supplemental academic and laboratory courses to satisfy educational requirements.

Admission requirements include: evidence of a dental degree from a foreign country, passing Part I of the National Boards, three (3) letters of recommendation (dean, faculty & candidate choice), eligibility for appropriate VISA, and evidence of financial support.  Candidates must also take the TOEFL examination and achieve a minimum score in one of the following exam formats:

  • 240 or higher on the computer test, or
  • 587 or higher on the paper test, or
  • 95 or higher on the internet based test (iBT)

The TOEFL exam must be taken within two years of the application deadline.  No exceptions will be made.

Tuition for 2016-17 is $20,250 per quarter. Please visit the UCSF Student Financial Aid website for updated information on fees including the mandatory student kit fees.  Tuition paid for the entering class will remain the same for both years.

Student kit fees include supplies, instruments, sterilization, instrument procurement, instrument management, equipment and repair. Students utilize and are issued school managed instruments and equipment. Some of the instruments and equipment will be owned by the students. Students pay a use fee for provided materials, instruments and equipment that are owned by the School.

We will start accepting applications on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, and the deadline will be 5 p.m. PDT, Friday, June 9, 2017.

For More Information:

Mary Pham
International Dentist Program
UCSF School of Dentistry
Phone: (415) 476-0589


Part I:

To be considered for admission, all of the materials listed in the IDP Application Checklist must be submitted. IDP application must be complete and accurate.

Send all Supplemental Documents to the following address:

UCSF School of Dentistry
IDP/Office of Admissions
707 Parnassus Avenue, D-4010
San Francisco, CA 94143-0636

Click here to open the Application Fee Deposit Form

Send the non-refundable Application Fee along with completed Application Fee Deposit Form to the following address:

UCSF Office of the Registrar
P.O. Box 742908
Los Angeles CA 90074-2908

Educational Credential Evaluators

To be considered for admission, all dental school and postgraduate transcripts must be translated by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).  Candidates must submit original official transcripts to ECE for course-by-course evaluation.  Dental school transcript must have a GPA of 2.00 or higher in order to be considered for admission.  To ensure uniformity of evaluation, ECE is the only credentialed evaluation report accepted.  Educational Credential Evaluators website:


Applicants are required to submit original, official, certified English translation of ALL documents that are not prepared in the English language. Photocopies are not acceptable. Each translator must provide an original declaration with each translation attesting his/her fluency in the particular language and certify under penalty of perjury that the translation is complete and accurate to the best of his/her ability.

The School of Dentistry recommends, but does not require, that applicants with non-English academic credentials use one of the following sources for translation:

  1. Translated/notarized by applicant's school
  2. A translator accredited by the American Translators Association (ATA): website:, phone: (703) 683-6100 or e-mail:
  3. Certified or registered court interpreter. Information on court interpreters is available through the Judicial Council at (415) 865-7530. General information is provided at the website, The court interpreter must sign the translation and declaration in the presence of a Notary Public.

Part II:

Applicants who complete Part I of the application procedure and show potential for success in the program will be required to participate in Part II, which will take place at the UCSF School of Dentistry. 

Part II will consist of:

  1. Technical Skill Examination (Technical Exam Fee is $525). Instruction manuals will be provided prior to the Technical Skill Examination. 
  2. Personal Interview