Program Description

The International Dental Program is designed to allow qualified dentists educated in countries outside the United States, to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in the U.S. Students take classes in the various disciplines of dentistry and receive extensive clinical experience. Students are given the opportunity to serve the dental health needs of the local community through off site clinical rotations.

We invite you to view the information on the American Dental Education Association's Go Dental Page for more information about foreign educated dental programs.

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Program Length

117 units, 27 months

Possible Careers

Doctor of Dental Surgery or Dentist within private practice offices, industrial organizations, hospitals, local, state or federal public health services, and the armed forces.

Application Deadlines

There are currently no published application deadlines.

Admissions Requirements

  • Dental degree from a recognized foreign dental school
  • Successful completion of the National Dental Board Examination Part I and Part II
  • TOEFL examination with a minimum score of 550 on the written examination or a minimum score of 213 on the computer examination or a minimum of 80 on the Internet-based examination
  • Dental school transcript (evaluated by an evaluation center approved by the University)


 There are no specific prerequisites. Please reference the Admissions Requirements.
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Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2022-2023

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Tuition $25,500 $97,000 $97,000
Fees $1,990 $5,720 $5,720
Books & Supplies $375 $1,500 $1,500
Instruments $11,000
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms) $1,800
Total $38,865 $106,020 $104,220


Expected costs for the 2022-2023 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2022-2023, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Months enrolled 3 11 11
Room & Board $4,995 $18,315 $18,315
Transportation $960 $3,520 $3,520
Personal Expenses $750 $2,750 $2,750


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.