All candidates must meet the minimum requirements for admission, including 139 quarter units or 93 semester units of college coursework from an accredited US or English-speaking Canadian institution. This includes US institutions with campuses overseas (such as Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar) or study abroad programs in which the coursework appears on the transcript of an US or English-speaking Canadian institution.
If you were educated at a non-US or English-speaking Canadian institution, you are welcome to apply. Please carefully read the information below, which outlines additional steps you must take to complete your application. Please note that UCSF financial aid is limited to United States citizens and permanent residents; therefore, you must be able to fund your own education and living expenses for the entire program.
To ensure smooth processing of international transcripts, please follow the steps below:
On the ADEA AADSAS Application
- In the “Colleges Attended” section, report all colleges or universities attended, including any coursework taken at a foreign institution or study abroad program.
- In the “Transcript Entry” section, enter all courses taken. This includes any coursework taken at a foreign institution or study abroad program, if the ADEA AADSAS system allows you to do so. This option is not available for most overseas schools.
- Request official transcripts from all U.S. and English-speaking Canadian colleges attended to be sent to ADEA AADSAS for verification.
- For all non-U.S. or English-speaking Canadian colleges, order a course-by-course credential evaluation by either the World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) by Oct. 15. We strongly recommend ordering the WES ICAP report, as it will fulfill the transcript and evaluation requirement. If you order an ECE transcript evaluation, you will also be required to send an official/sealed transcript directly from the issuing institution.
Reporting Study Abroad Coursework
- If coursework was completed at a U.S. institution overseas (i.e. American University Beirut or Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar), report the institution from the dropdown list and proceed to enter in all related information, including coursework in the Transcript Entry section. In Transcript Review, mark the courses as study abroad.
- If coursework was completed using another school’s program to study abroad, i.e. Semester at Sea (University of Virginia), SIT, or a CEA Global Campus Network (University of New Haven), report the U.S. school whose program was used and proceed to enter in all related information, including coursework in the Transcript Entry section. In Transcript Review, mark the courses as study abroad.
- If coursework was completed via a study abroad company such as IES, ISA, CIEE, or DIS, directly via the undergraduate institution, or by any other method proceed with the options below:
- If your full credits and grades for these courses appear on your undergraduate transcript, then you should list these courses normally with the rest of your undergraduate work. During the transcript review process, you would mark these courses as “Study Abroad.” No additional documentation is necessary. Do NOT report your study abroad school as a foreign institution. Acceptable grades include A-F, Credit, Pass, etc. “TR” for “transfer” is NOT an acceptable grade, nor are credits and grades which do not match those on the rest of your undergrad transcript (i.e. the grades are not U.S. grades). If your courses have grades of TR, or are recorded in foreign grades, please use the second option below.
- If your credit and grades for these courses do not appear on your undergraduate transcript, you should report that you attended a foreign institution and order a course-by-course credential evaluation by either the World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) by Oct. 15. We strongly recommend ordering the WES ICAP report, as it will fulfill the transcript and evaluation requirement. If you order an ECE transcript evaluation, you will need to send us an original transcript copy as well.
If you wish to apply international coursework toward the prerequisites, you also must email or send course syllabi to Office of Admissions and Outreach, as the information provided in transcripts does not provide enough information for us to determine if the coursework will satisfy our prerequisites. The required courses in English composition must be taken in the U.S. Please remember that while international coursework may satisfy a prerequisite course, it will not count towards the prerequisite unit requirement.
Office of Admissions and Outreach
UCSF School of Dentistry
513 Parnassus Ave., S-630
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430
All international documents sent to UCSF must be postmarked no later than Oct. 15.