International Dentist Program (IU-IDP)

Apply to the International Dentist Program

The Indiana University School of Dentistry offers an International Dentist Program (IU-IDP) for graduates of qualified international dental programs who want to earn a D.D.S. degree and become licensed to practice in the United States.

Applicants must have one of the immigration statuses listed here to be eligible for the program:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Permanent resident
  • Holder of a valid visa

Application process

You must apply both to the School of Dentistry and to IUPUI in order to be admitted to the IU-IDP.

Step 1: Apply to the School of Dentistry

The School of Dentistry uses the Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID), an online application managed by the American Dental Education Association, to receive applications for the IU-IDP. Only CAAPID-verified applications with all required application materials and submitted by the deadline will be considered.

All application materials must be submitted to CAAPID through the online application. Do not send any application materials to the School of Dentistry.

Required application materials

Your personal statement may 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.

Requirements

You are required to submit three original letters of evaluation in English with your application. Letters written in a language other than English must be translated by an accredited U.S. translator.

  • Two letters must be from a dean, associate dean, department chair, or faculty member at your former dental school.
  • One letter must be written by a dental professional who has worked with you in the past 12 months.
Submission process

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 original signature.
  • Have been written within 12 months of the application’s submission date.

Letters that do not meet these criteria will not be accepted.

Special notes

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 Admissions and Student Affairs 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 complete a minimum number of hours of continuing education, shadowing, and community service in the U.S. to be eligible for the IU-IDP.

  • 20 hours of continuing education (online courses are acceptable)
  • 100 hours of shadowing
  • 300 hours of community service in the U.S. or Canada

When you fill out the CAAPID application, you will receive instructions for submitting documentation of your hours.

Step 2: Apply to IUPUI

To apply for admission to IUPUI, you must complete the Graduate and Professional Admissions Application and pay a $75 application fee.

Do not submit a personal statement or upload any additional documents with your IUPUI application. If you have any questions about applying to IUPUI, contact the IUPUI Graduate Office.

Go to the Graduate and Professional Admissions Application home page. If you do not have an IU computing account, select “Create a new guest account.” If you have an IU computing account, use your existing username and passphrase to sign in.

Answer the question “What are your current academic intentions?” by selecting “To apply to a professional degree program.”

Intended Program and Plan

Answer the question “What type of degree do you intend to pursue?” by selecting “Dental School.”

  • When the dropdown menu for “Academic Program” appears, select “Dentistry Professional.”
  • When the dropdown menu for “Academic Plan” appears, select “International Dentist Program (IDP).”
Term

Select “Spring.”

External Application Number

Your external application number is your CAAPID ID.

Step 3: Take the National Board Dental Examination, parts I and II

You must complete parts I and II of the National Board Dental Examinations to be considered for admission to the IU-IDP.

  • Score reports issued during or after 2012 must be sent directly from the ADA to CAAPID. When you fill out the CAAPID application, you will receive instructions on how to have the ADA send your score report.
  • Score reports issued before 2012 must be emailed directly from the ADA to the School of Dentistry at oasamail@iupui.edu. Score reports received from applicant email addresses will not be accepted.

Step 4: Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (if applicable)

All IU-IDP applicants must be proficient in the English language. If your native language is not English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). We accept only the TOEFL iBT. You must have taken the test no more than two years prior to the date you submit your application.

A score of 90 or higher is required; a score of 100 or higher is preferred. We do not grant TOEFL waivers for personal circumstances or for scores lower than the minimum requirement.

Your score report must be sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to CAAPID. When you fill out the CAAPID application, you will receive instructions on how to have ETS send your score report.

Step 5: Visit the School of Dentistry for a personal interview

If you are selected for a personal interview, you will be notified approximately two to three weeks prior the interview date. All application materials must be submitted before an interview can be scheduled. Interviews typically take place in late May and early June.

The interview day will include:

  • Bench test (approximately four hours)
  • Orientation
  • Tour of the school
  • Presentations on admission and financial aid
  • Personal interviews with faculty members

The School of Dentistry will provide all materials for the bench test. You are not permitted to bring your own instruments, but you may bring your own loupes. You will receive the bench test preparation manual in advance.

Acceptance notification process

You will be notified by email if you’re accepted into the program. An official acceptance letter will follow in the mail. You are required to respond to the letter by the deadline given in it.