Your personal statement is your first introduction to the Admissions Committee and should include information about what makes you special.
Include life experiences which demonstrate how you overcame challenges or shown perseverance. You may also include information about dental education experiences, dental-related activities, and professional goals.
When you fill out the CAAPID application, you will receive instructions for submitting your personal statement.
You are required to submit two original letters of evaluation with your application.
- One letter must be from a U.S./Canadian dental professional with whom you have worked.
- One letter must be from a U.S./Canadian organization through which you performed community service. "Community service" is assistance that you provide (without pay) through a non-profit organization that benefits the community.
All letters of evaluation must be submitted directly to CAAPID. When you fill out your CAAPID application, you will provide the names of your evaluators and their contact information, and CAAPID will contact them via email with instructions on how to submit a letter. The email will include a link to an online portal where they will upload their letters.
Each letter must:
- Be on the official letterhead of the organization with which the evaluator is affiliated.
- Include the evaluator’s mailing address, phone number, email address, and signature.
- Have been written within 12 months of the application’s submission date.
Letters that do not meet these criteria will not be accepted.
We encourage you to let your evaluators know that they will receive an email from CAAPID with your request for a letter of evaluation. The School of Dentistry’s Office of Academic Programs ensures that evaluations are valid by calling evaluators at random.
Your dental school transcripts must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), an organization that reviews the educational credentials of people educated outside the United States. When you fill out the CAAPID application, you will receive instructions for submitting your ECE evaluation.
Only ECE evaluations are accepted; we do not accept evaluations from any other service.
You are required to present a record of continuing education and shadowing, in the U.S./Canada to be eligible for the IU-IDP.
When you complete the CAAPID application, you will receive instructions for documenting these requirements.
All applicants to the International Dentist Program at Indiana University School of Dentistry are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process.
Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.
To register for the CASPer assessment, go to www.takeCASPer.com. You will need your CAAPID ID number and a form of government-issued photo ID (passport, state driver’s license). Specific instructions will be provided to you upon successful submission of your CAAPID application. Your application will not be complete and you will not be offered an interview until the CASPer score is recorded.
Note: Make sure that you send your CASPer scores to the IU School of Dentistry, not IU School of Medicine.
CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle only.