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. or Canadian citizen
  • Permanent resident
  • Holder of a valid visa (visitor's visa is not accepted)
    If you have further questions regarding your visa status contact oiagrad@iupui.edu

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 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.

Requirements

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.
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 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 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.

Step 2: Apply to IUPUI

To complete your application to IUSD you must also apply for admission to IUPUI, you must complete the IU Graduate CAS (IU Grad CAS) and pay a $80 application fee.

Do not upload any additional documents with your IUPUI application. If you have technical questions about the IU Grad CAS, please contact the IUPUI Graduate Office.

The link to the IUPUI application will be sent to applicants who successfully submit the ADEA CAAPID application.  Only completed ADEA CAAPID applications submitted before the deadline will receive the IUPUI secondary application.  Only applicants who have completed the IUPUI secondary application can move forward for further review.  We recommend submitting the ADEA CAAPID application as early as possible.

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

You must pass 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 dsadmit@iu.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 100 or higher is required. 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: Virtual personal interview

Currently visits to the School of Dentistry have been suspended due to the pandemic; therefore, all personal interviews will be virtual. All application materials must be submitted before a virtual interview can be scheduled. If you are selected for a virtual interview, you will be notified approximately one week prior to the interview date with the information necessary to join the interview. Interviews typically take place in late May through June.

The interview day will include:

• Orientation
• Virtual tour of the school
• Presentation of Admissions
• Presentation of Financial Aid
• Virtual Personal interviews with faculty members

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.

 

For information on IDP Cost and Financial aid