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International Student Program

How to Apply


Applications will open on September 1, 2017 for the Class of 2020 which enters in January 2019.


O
ur International Student Program (ISP) accepts 40 foreign trained dentists each year. We are committed to attracting highly qualified students from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences, and have accepted students from over 50 different countries. We use a holistic review process when considering applicants by reviewing a number of factors including academic credentials, TOEFL score, community engagement, letters of recommendation and an invitation only interview.

Early and complete applications are strongly encouraged to allow time for your application to be reviewed for missing items. Incomplete applications will not be considered after the deadline. Once the completed application has been reviewed, the applicant may be invited to campus for a formal interview. The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine International Student Program will be extending invitations for interviews on a rolling basis. Interviews and bench tests will be held in April, May and June with final decisions in July.

The CU School of Dental Medicine does not participate in rolling admissions. Interview invites may not go out at the same time, but all final admission decisions are made after all interviews have been conducted. Provisional acceptances will be offered to those selected in mid-July. Should an accepted student choose not to attend the CU School of Dental Medicine, an alternate applicant who was not initially admitted will be contacted and offered admission to fill the open seat. On occasion, after the interviews and bench test, the School might extend early admission offers to those who have been accepted elsewhere and/or when ideal candidates are identified.

Please do not contact our office to find out the status of an application. Applicants may call ONLY after 2 weeks if they have not received confirmation that their supplemental documents were received and considered complete. All other status update questions are discouraged. Please read all instructions below thoroughly before calling or e-mailing the University with questions.
 
                              Need help applying? Sign up for a webinar to guide you through the process or download
                                                          the application instructions that are provided below.
 
 

 Steps to Apply - Click each step below for instructions

 

 Step 1: Apply through CAAPID

Please complete and submit a CAAPID Application.​

TOEFL Scores - Applicants are required to score a 94 or better on the TOEFL. Your TOEFL report must be sent directly to CAAPID at code B451. Your application will not be processed and you should not pay your fee until CAAPID has received your official scores. If you send a score report to the CU School of Dental Medicine, it will not be used. Updates to TOEFL should also be made through CAAPID.

ECE Reports – Official ECE course-by-course evaluations are required to be sent to ADEA CAAPID. Reports do not need to be sent to the University. WES evaluations are not accepted.

Please do not proceed to further steps until this step is complete and our office has asked you to proceed. Please follow the steps in the order that they are listed. You should receive communication from our office within approximately 72 business hours of your application being complete with CAAPID.

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 Step 2: Application Processing Fee

The University will contact you once we have assessed your eligibility to apply. If you are eligible (have a dental degree, have passed NBDE Part 1, and have a 94 or better on TOEFL), we will notify you that you can proceed with your application. At that time, we will provide instructions for how to make your $75 payment.
 
Checks or credit cards unable to be processed will be charged a $35 bounced check fee, and the applicant will need to send a new deposit with the original amount plus the $35 added in order for their application to be processed and reviewed.
 
Please do not submit letters or documents of any sort until this step has been completed and you have been notified by the University that you can submit materials.

 

Please do not proceed to further steps until this step is complete and our office has asked you to proceed. Please follow the steps in the order that they are listed. You should receive communication from our office within approximately 72 business hours of your fee being paid to proceed to Step 3.
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 Step 3: Supplemental Application

Once you receive notification from the University of Colorado that your fee has been received, the University will email you with instructions on how to submit the following documents through the university portal. You will receive detailed instructions at that time. Please do not submit any documents outside of CAAPID until instructions are provided. Please be patient and wait to hear from the University as we need to manually check applications before we can allow access to the University Portal.

  • Photo - Please include a 2x2 color photo.
  • Resume – Include your name, email, telephone number and details on all dental, work, school and community leadership experiences. It is very important to list length of time and the amount of hours completed at each experience. **
  • BDS/DDS Dental Degree - Applicants are required to possess and submit a notarized copy of your BDS/DDS dental degree (you may also submit other dental degrees, but they must be submitted with the BDS/DDS degree together in one file) from the foreign institution(s) you attended. If the degree is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a notarized translation from an official translator. Provisional degrees are NOT accepted. **
  • NBDE Part I Official Score Report – Applicants are required to pass the National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) Part I. Official reports should be sent directly to sdmisp@ucdenver.edu when you order them from the JCNDE/ADA. Please state that the score is for the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine International Student Program and sent with attention to Jennifer Aguirre.  Part II is encouraged, but not required. If Part II has been taken, official scores need to be submitted in the same manner state above before the deadline to be considered part of the application. Paper score copies will not be accepted.
  • US School Transcripts – If you have attended any school in the United States after completing your dental degree, you are required to send an official transcript from all institutions even if you did not complete a degree. Order the transcripts to yourself and upload it to the university portal. Please do not submit certificates of completion.**
  • CU Board of Regents Questionnaire - A signature from the applicant is required on this form attesting to any history of felony or misdemeanor convictions with explanations provided if needed.
  • ADAT – ADAT scores will be accepted, but are not required. Scores will be used for informational purposes only. Please send official score reports to the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine International Student Program. You can order reports in your application for the exam or after the exam you can pay ADA $36 to order reports at: http://www.ada.org/en/education-careers/advanced-dental-admission-test/my-account.

**Originals of the above documents will be requested if you are invited for an interview.

Please do not proceed to further steps until this step is complete and our office has asked you to proceed. Please follow the steps in the order that they are listed. Your documents need to be manually verified. You should see them verified in your portal within approximately 72 business hours of submission of each document.

Re​applicants must submit all new documentation including NBDE, Transcripts, Dental Degree, Letters, Waivers and Board of Regents Questionnaire.
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 Step 4: Letters of Recommendation

​Please send letters of recommendation via UPS, DHL or FedEx (Do not use USPS as the mail does not come directly to our office) to:
     International Student Program
     13065 E. 17th Avenue, F838
     Suite 403
     Aurora, CO 80045

Letters can be sent from you or directly from your recommender. If sending directly from your recommender, please make sure that they use the name you use for your CAAPID application.

Letter of Recommendation Requirements

  • One (1) letter of recommendation from the dental school you attended. It does not need to come from the Dean.
  • Two (2) additional letters from other experiences

All letters must include the following items in order to be considered in your admission application. Please clearly communicate and discuss below requirements with your recommender when you ask them for letters as letters that do not meet our requirements will need to be replaced:

  • Original signature of the recommender – photocopies, electronic signatures and similar signature types will not be accepted.
  • Date of signature (letters must have a date, but we consider ll dates valid, thus, there is no expiration on letters)
  • Letter is required to be on the organization’s official letterhead. If a business letterhead is not available, please include an explanation as to why a letterhead was not used
  • Contact information of the recommender including physical address, email address and phone number
  • Letters should not be more than 500 words
Letter of Recommendation Suggestions
  • You may submit up to 5 letters, but only the 3 most valuable letters will be considered.
  • Letters that speak to your recent specific clinical skills, academic skills and personal strengths are considered the most valuable. 
  • It is important for the admission committee to get a sense of all your dental experiences, both US and non-US, from your letters. Thus, letters from faculty, internship/preceptorship leaders, health profession employers, and observerships are suggested.
  • The best letters are those that give an in-depth and specific description of the applicant’s current or recent clinical dental skills and accomplishments, dental knowledge base, patient management skills, work ethic, personality, personal skills, character and reliability.
  • If a dental professional no longer works at the dental school you attended, we will still accept a letter from them to cover the dental school letter requirement as long as they provide an explanation about how they know you and from what school.
  • Letters that highlight different aspects of you and show you are well-rounded are also valued.
  • Letters from organized bench prep groups are not considered particularly valuable.
  • Letters of recommendation should not be plagiarized. This means, letters should be original wording from recommenders and not use templates, wording found on the internet or words/phrases candidates provided to them. Plagiarized letters may cause your application to be denied.  If you have questions about your letters in relation to this statement, please contact the ISP office.

Letters of Recommendation Waivers
A waiver is required for each letter of recommendation to confirm or deny if you viewed the letter. Waiving your right to view a letter allows your recommender to provide a candid evaluation of you. If you viewed the letter for any reason, you should NOT waive your right to the letter.

The waivers (one per letter of recommendation) will be submitted through the university portal, and the letters of recommendation must be mailed to the University. If you waive your right to see a letter of recommendation, the letter must arrive in its own sealed envelope and preferably signed on the seal by the evaluator. You may mail all letters in individually sealed envelopes in one large envelope.

CAAPID Letters
The University of Colorado does not accept CAAPID letters. All letters of recommendation must be sent to the address above in hard copy with original signatures and other requirements listed above. You are allowed to send in the same letter from a CAAPID recommender, but it must be an original letter with an original signature. If you viewed this letter and uploaded it yourself to CAAPID, you should NOT waive your right to see the letter in the university portal.

 
Please do not proceed to further steps until this step is complete and our office has asked you to proceed. Please follow the steps in the order that they are listed.
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 Step 5: Application Status and Credential Updates

Once your application has been received, an email confirmation stating the status of your application will be sent. Please do not contact the office regarding status updates unless it has been at least 2 weeks since you submitted everything in steps 1-4 above. If your status changes, you will be notified via email.
The ISP Office will only accept the following updates after initial submission of supplemental documents:
  • Update experience information in the university portal.
  • Transcripts from education programs that are 6 months or longer
  • New degrees received (this does not include certificates)
  • NBDE Part II passing scores
  • Updated Official TOEFL Score (sent to code B451)
  • Letters of Recommendation (we will not accept more than 5 total over the course of the cycle)
Please note that admission is not on a rolling basis, therefore, applicants will receive their final notice of decision after the deadline. On occasion, the University might extend early admission offers to those who have been accepted elsewhere and/or when ideal candidates are identified. As stated above, interviews invitations will be extended on a rolling basis, so it will be beneficial to finish you application as early as possible. Your application will be reviewed and placed in order of receipt once all steps in our process are complete. Please note that completing a CAAPID application does not place you in this order. You must receive an application complete email from our office in order to be placed in our review process.
 
Please do not proceed to further steps until this step is complete and our office has asked you to proceed. Please follow the steps in the order that they are listed.
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 Step 6: Interview and Bench Test

In-person interviews are by invitation only, and consists of a tour of the school, faculty/student interview, a student panel to learn more about the student experience and a bench test pre-clinical exercise. The cost for the in-person interview and bench test is $350. Candidates are responsible for his or her own visa, travel and expenses. Candidates will be provided with detailed information on how to submit the bench testing fee, prepare for the test and plan their travel to Colorado with their invitation. Interview invitations will be extended on a rolling basis. Early and complete applications are encouraged.
 
Please do not proceed to further steps until this step is complete and our office has asked you to proceed. Please follow the steps in the order that they are listed.
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