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International Student Program

Frequently Asked Questions


 How many students are enrolled annually?


 Can I apply with a medical or other type of degree?

No, only applicants who have earned a dental degree (BDS, DDS, DMD, Odontology, Stomatology) are eligible to apply.5

 Will my application be reviewed if a document is missing?

No, the admissions committee will only review applications that are complete.3

 Can I apply to the ISP program and take the National Board - Part I exam in the near future?

​Your application will not be considered for the program without proof that all 4 sections of NBDE Part 1 have been passed.​​7

 Is the NBDE Part II required to apply?

No, but is highly encouraged.​​​​6

 Do I have to take the TOEFL?

Yes, everyone applying to the ISP program must take the TOEFL exam even if English is your first language. No exceptions.​​​9

 What is the minimum TOEFL score required to apply?

We require an internet-based test (IBT) minimum score of 94. Applications without the minimum scores will not be considered.​​​8

 If I already have a degree from a U.S. university/college, do I still have to take the TOEFL exam? 

Yes, everyone applying to the ISP program must take the TOEFL exam.  No exceptions.​​10

 If I am already a U.S. citizen, do I have to take the TOEFL exam? 

Yes, everyone applying to the ISP program must take the TOEFL exam. No exceptions.​​11

 Can I apply to the ISP program now and take the TOEFL exam at a future date?

No, the application will not be considered for the program without the TOEFL exam score.12

 What if I have taken the TOEFL exam but the school won't receive the test score before the deadline date?

The TOEFL score must be received or postmarked on or before the deadline date.13

 What type of recommendation letters are accepted?

Letters may come from dentists, non-dentists, deans, current or past educators from post-graduate programs, employers and organizations where you volunteered. The letters should come from those who have direct and current knowledge of the applicant, and should address the applicant's work ethic, personality, knowledge base, personal skill, clinical dental skills and reliability.17

 Does your program consider my application if I have a H4 Visa?


 Do I have to send a 2x2 picture?

Yes. Please send your photo with your supplemental application materials. 1

 After I submit my application, will the school accept any updated information?

TOEFL and NBDE Part II. However, in order to be considered as part of your application, we need to receive those before the deadline.​​​18

 If I submit my application through CAAPID, is there a fee I need to send with my supplemental documents?

Yes. A non-refundable processing fee of US $75.00 is required and must be submitted via echeck or credit card to Checks or credit cards unable to be processed will be charged a $35 bounced fee. The applicant will need to resend a new fee of $75 through the website and a money order or cashier’s check of $35 in order for their application to be processed and reviewed.


 When are interviews conducted?

You will be notified via email if you are invited to come for an interview. The interview invitation will include the exact date and times available. Information about the bench test will be released at this time only. Those who are not invited for an interview will be notified by email.   ​​​​16

 What if I withdraw my application after submitting all the documents required?

Once the University receives your application, all documents become property of the University and cannot be released.  We will withdraw your application, but will keep your application on file.  The application fee is non-refundable.14

 What is the procedure to reapply for the next academic year?

Applicants will have to file a new application through CAAPID.4

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