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Advanced Standing International Student Program


Applications will open at the end of September for the next cycle. Please use the below information to prepare for the process, but understand that there may be changes. 

The Advanced Standing International Student Program accepts 40 internationally-trained dentists each year. CU Dental is committed to attracting highly qualified students from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences, and has 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.

Admission Requirements

  • ​Dental degree from an accredited international dental program (provisional degrees are not accepted)
  • Pass Part I of the National Dental Board Exam
  • TOEFL Score of 94 or better (no exceptions are made regardless of native language or courses taken)
Please do not call our office to ask for exceptions to the above admission requirements. We do not grant exceptions to any of the above items under any circumstances.

Application Requirements
Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, and interview invitations are extended on a rolling basis. It is strongly recommended for applicants to submit ALL application materials as early as possible to remain competitive, including the CAAPID application AND all supplemental application materials. 

It is the responsibly of the applicant to allow enough time to complete all the application steps below. Due to the amount of time required for approval between each step, it is strongly recommended applicants submit the CAPPID application at least two weeks before the application deadline. 

Once all items have been received, you will receive an email from CU Dental verifying your application is complete and will be considered for admission. Incomplete applications will not be considered after the deadline. We highly discourage applicants calling our office to find out the status of their application. Please note that the applicant can view whether or not their CAAPID application is complete via the CAAPID portal. If your application in CAAPID is not complete, please contact CAAPID, do not call the University of Colorado. If the applicant has received a "pay fee" email from the University of Colorado, this means that your application has been deemed eligible. Once the "pay fee" email has been sent, you should wait 2 weeks before contacting the University if you have not heard from us after completing an admission step.  All other status update questions are discouraged. 

 
 Need help applying? Sign up for a webinar to guide you through the process or download the application instructions​.
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 Steps to Apply - Click each step below for instructions

 

 Step 1: Apply through CAAPID

Please complete and submit a CAAPID Application.​

Reapplicants should use the same login information from previous CAAPID applications and should not create a brand new 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. All international schooling after your Bachelor degree (specialties, master’s degrees, etc.), except for schooling in Canada or the US, needs to have a course-by-course ECE evaluation. All materials should be sent to ECE at one time for creating one cohesive ECE report with all schooling. You are required to submit your transcripts with all attempts for courses included. If your ECE does not have a Comprehensive GPA, it will not be considered. Reports do not need to be sent to the University. WES evaluations 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 CAAPID when you order them from the JCNDE/ADA. Part II is encouraged, but not required. If Part II has been taken, official scores will appear in the same report. Paper score copies will not be accepted.

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.

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 $85 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 detailed instructions on how to submit the following documents through the candidate portal. 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 candidate portal. All documents must be uploaded to our candidate portal. Please be sure that these are submitted with the top facing up as any other direction will be rejected.

  • Photo - Please include a 2x2 color photo. Please make sure that your file only contains a 2X2 image and is not scanned as a part of a large page as a small photo will be rejected. You should view the image once you have scanned it to see if the size is 2X2 prior to sending.​
  • 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. Do not put a picture in your resume. Resumes should not be longer than 4 pages. Must be submitted as a PDF
  • 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 international 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. Thus, both the translation and the original degree must both be notarized. Provisional degrees are NOT accepted. **
  • US/Canadian School Transcripts – If you have attended any school in the United States or Canada 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 candidate portal. Please do not submit certificates of completion or ECEs.**
  • 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.

**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: Recommendations

Due to COVID-19, the University will be changing its letters of recommendation process. Candidates should expect an electronic form to be filled out by each recommender. The link will be available soon.

Recommendation Requirements

  • One (1) recommendation from the dental school where you obtained your bachelor's degree. It does not need to come from the Dean.


​​If a dental professional no longer works at the dental school you attended, we will still accept a recommendation 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.

  • Two (2) additional recommendations  from school or other experiences

All recommendations 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 recommendations as recommendations that do not meet our requirements will need to be replaced:

  • Original signature of the recommender – there will be a place for them to sign with their mouse.
  • Date of signature
  • Contact information of the recommender including physical address, email address and phone number (this should not be generic school contact information, it should be a direct link to your recommender)

Letter of Recommendation Suggestions

  • You may submit up to 5 recommendations, but only the 3 most valuable will be considered.
  • Recommendations 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 recommendations. Thus, recommendations from faculty, internship/preceptorship leaders, health profession employers, and observerships are suggested.
  • The best recommendations 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.
  • Recommendations that highlight different aspects of you and show you are well-rounded are also valued.
  • Recommendations from organized bench prep groups are not considered particularly valuable.
  • Recommendation should not be plagiarized. This means, recommendations 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.

Recommendation Waivers


  • A waiver is required for each 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 recommendation) will be submitted through the candidate portal, and the recommendation must be submitted through a designated link..

CAAPID Letters


The University of Colorado does not accept CAAPID letters. All letters of recommendation must be sent to the University via a link provided soon with original signatures and other requirements listed above. You are allowed to send in a recommendation from the same recommender in CAAPID. If you viewed this recommendation and uploaded it yourself to CAAPID, you should NOT waive your right to see the recommendation in the candidate 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. Those who have not received an interview decision can continue to submit the following until the deadline:
  • Update experience. Please do not send new resumes. Prior to the application deadline, you may update NEW experiences (do not submit experiences that already appear in your resume even if they have continued over a longer duration) in the candidate portal by clicking on the “Add Experience” button once you log in. 
  • Transcripts from education programs that are 6 months or longer
  • New degrees received (this does not include certificates)
  • NBDE Part II passing scores (Send to CAAPID with an email to sdmisp@ucdenver.edu stating that you have seen the update reflected in CAAPID)
  • Updated Official TOEFL Score (sent to code B451 with an email to sdmisp@ucdenver.edu stating that you have seen the update reflected in CAAPID)
  • Letters of Recommendation (we will not accept more than 5 total over the course of the cycle) You will need to submit new waivers in the portal for each of these letters.

Those who have received an interview decision of either Invited or Waitlisted can submit the following until a final admission decision has been made:

  • Update experience. Please do not send new resumes. Prior to the application deadline, you may update NEW experiences  (do not submit experiences that already appear in your resume even if they have continued over a longer duration) in the candidate portal by clicking on the “Add Experience” button once you log in. After the deadline, we will only take letters of recommendation for experience updates. We will not review new letters from experiences that were 6 months or less.​
  • Transcripts from education programs that are 6 months or longer
  • New degrees received (this does not include certificates)
  • NBDE Part II passing scores (Send to CAAPID with an email to sdmisp@ucdenver.edu stating that you have seen the update reflected in CAAPID)
  • Updated Official TOEFL Score (sent to code B451 with an email to sdmisp@ucdenver.edu stating that you have seen the update reflected in CAAPID)
  • Letters of Recommendation (we will not accept more than 5 total over the course of the cycle). You will need to submit new waivers in the portal for each of these letters.
    Those who have received an interview decision of Not Invited will not be able to submit updates.
Please note that admission is not on a rolling basis, therefore, applicants will receive their final notice of decision either after an application has been reviewed, after the application deadline or after the interview process is complete.​ Admission decisions are based on the candidate’s overall fit for the ISP program at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. This includes, but is not limited to communication with the program staff and faculty and admission committee, evaluation of the CAAPID and University of Colorado supplemental application/documents, an evaluative in-person interview, evaluation of a bench exam, application components from previous cycles and submission of an ethically sound application.  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

Interviews are by invitation only, and consist of a tour of the school, faculty/student interview, a student panel to learn more about the student experience and a bench test or virtual bench test pre-clinical exercise. The cost for the interview is $400. If the interview and/or bench are in-person candidates are responsible for his or her own visas, travel and expenses. Candidates will be provided with detailed information on how to submit the interview fee, prepare for the interview and bench test and plan their travel to Colorado (if applicable) 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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