Important Forms

You will need the following documents to complete your application:

Admissions Contact

Mary Pham
International Dentist Pathway
UCSF School of Dentistry

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Pacific time
8:30 p.m.-5:30 a.m. India
11 p.m.-8 a.m. mainland China
6 p.m.-3 a.m. Russia (Moscow)

Admission Requirements

To ensure you are adequately prepared for the International Dentist Pathway, we require the following:

  • Evidence of a dental degree from a foreign country
  • A passing score on Part I and Part 2 of the National Boards
  • Three letters of recommendation: one each from a dean and a faculty member, and one of your choice
  • A minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination, earned between May 31, 2017-present:
    • 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)
      In addition, you must be able to show proof of eligibility for the appropriate visa and evidence of financial support.

Application Procedures

For the program beginning in June 2020, we will accept applications from March 1 until 5 p.m. PDT May 31, 2019.

Part I

  1. Complete the ADEA CAAPID online application.
  2. Download and complete the Application Fee Deposit Form and send it, along with the application fee ($200), to:
    UCSF Office of the Registrar
    P.O. Box 742908
    Los Angeles, CA 90074-2908
  3. Submit required supplemental documents:
    • Applicant Questionnaire (Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader required — will not display in a browser window; please complete in 12 pt Times New Roman; limit answers to 350 words or less)
    • Three passport-size photos
    • Curriculum vitae/resume
    • National Board Dental Exam Parts 1 and 2 score reports
    • TOEFL score
    • Official transcripts for dental degree
    • Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) transcript evaluation report (see below)
    • Three letters of recommendation

Please see the IDP Application Checklist (PDF) for details.

Send documents to:

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

Send the non-refundable application fee along with completed Application Fee Deposit Form to:
UCSF Office of the Registrar
P.O. Box 742908
Los Angeles CA 90074-2908

Transcript Evaluation: 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. Your dental school transcript must have a GPA of 2.40 or higher in order to be considered for admission. To ensure uniformity of evaluation, ECE is the only credentialed evaluation report accepted.

Translation of Documents: You must 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 to his or her fluency in the particular language and certify under penalty of perjury that the translation is complete and accurate to the best of his or her ability.

We recommend the following sources for translation:

  1. Your school
  2. A translator accredited by the American Translators Association (ATA):; 703.683.6100; or
  3. A certified or registered court interpreter. Information on court interpreters is available through the Judicial Council (phone: 415.865.7530). 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. It consists of:

  1. Technical Skill Examination (fee, $525US). Instruction manuals will be provided in advance of the Technical Skill Examination.
  2. Personal Interview
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