The Internationally Trained Dentist Program (ITDP) requires a full-time, 28-month commitment for graduates of non-US dental schools, in order to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree.


APPLICANTS

REQUIREMENTS

Applicants to the Internationally Trained Dentist Program (ITDP) are reviewed in a holistic manner with consideration to all components of the application, including the criteria below.

National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part I

Applicants are required to pass the NBDE Part I and report their results directly on the CAAPID application. The NBDE Part II is not required but is encouraged.

Official scores will be requested when an offer of admission is made.

Please see the ADA website for more information about the NBDE.

Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT)

The Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT) is recommended but not required for admission to the University of Michigan Internationally Trained Dentist Program.

Applications who have taken the ADAT and submit scores via ADEA CAAPID will receive priority review. However, all applicants who meet our general program minimum requirements will be reviewed.

When registering for the test, applicants should select ADEA CAAPID to receive their scores. Official scores will be posted to the CAAPID application within a few weeks of each test date. Applicants should also self report ADAT scores on the CAAPID application.

iBT TOEFL Examination

All applicants are required to take the internet-based TOEFL and achieve a minimum overall score of at least 94. No waivers will be granted. Total scores above 100 are considered competitive. The following minimum subscores are not required but highly recommended:

  • Reading: 25
  • Listening: 25
  • Speaking: 26
  • Writing: 25

TOEFL scores are valid for two years after the test date. Scores that are older than this will not be accepted.

Official TOEFL scores must be sent electronically from ETS directly to CAAPID before the application deadline (see instructions for sending TOEFL scores).

Dental Experience

Applicants are expected to demonstrate experience working in the dental field. Experiences that indicate direct patient care as a licensed dentist are desirable and strongly recommended.

Letters of Recommendation

The University of Michigan requires three total letters of recommendation, which must be uploaded directly to the CAAPID application by the evaluators. Letters sent directly to the Office of Admissions are not accepted. All letters must be on official letterhead and signed by the evaluator. Letters should consist of:

  • One dean’s letter - A letter written by the dean of the applicant’s dental school is required and must be signed and on official letterhead.
  • Two letters of choice - The remaining two letters should be from instructors or similar individuals who are able to evaluate the applicant’s knowledge, skill, character, and potential for success in the program. These letters must also be signed and on official letterhead.

All letters must be confidential, and applicants should waive their right to access them. Letters that are recent (written within the last two years) are more competitive. Additional letters beyond the three in CAAPID will not be accepted.

Application Fee

Applicants are required to pay a $75 nonrefundable supplemental application fee directly to the University of Michigan. This fee is separate from any payments made to CAAPID and can only be made online via credit or debit card. Checks, money orders, and payments over the phone are not accepted. This payment should be made at the time of the CAAPID application submission.

Download ITDP Requirements Checklist

HOW TO APPLY

The ADEA Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID) is the standardized application service for internationally educated dental graduates who wish to practice dentistry in the US or Canada.

Application Steps

1.

Create a CAAPID account and fill out the application (see the ADEA CAAPID Application Instructions page).

2.

Submit the following directly to CAAPID:

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) report Applicants must submit an official Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) course-by-course evaluation of all dental coursework completed outside of the US and Canada. ECE reports should be sent directly to CAAPID. See instructions for sending foreign transcript evaluations on CAAPID’s Academic History page.

Please note: The University of Michigan does not accept World Education Services (WES) evaluations.

Letters of recommendation Applicants must select three evaluators to submit letters of recommendation directly through CAAPID (see detailed instructions). See our specific Letters of Recommendation requirements.
Standardized tests Applicants should follow the instructions on CAAPID’s Standardized Tests page to submit NBDE Part I, ADAT, and TOEFL results. Test scores sent directly to the School of Dentistry are not accepted.
3.

Submit the following directly to the University of Michigan:

Application fee Applicants must pay a $75 supplemental application fee directly to the University of Michigan. For details about the fee and to make a payment, see the Application Fee requirement.
4.

All application materials must be received by the application deadline, June 30.

Applicants will be notified via email regarding their application status, interview invitations, and admission decisions. See details about our Interviews.

Questions that aren't answered here? If further clarification is needed after reviewing this information, please contact internationaldent@umich.edu.

PROGRAM COSTS

For up-to-date program costs and financial aid information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid ITDP page.

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry offers the Synergy Dentist program for internationally trained dentists to help strengthen their applications and interview performance.


INTERVIEWS

INTERVIEW INVITATIONS

Applicants are invited to interview by personal invitation only and will be notified via email if they are selected. The email invitation will include scheduling instructions and further details.

Please note: Candidates are required to interview for further admission consideration.

Each application cycle, approximately 70 candidates attend the ITDP interviews, which occur in the summer months, between July and September.

INTERVIEW ASSESSMENT

MMI Format

The School of Dentistry conducts interviews using the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format. During MMI, candidates rotate through a series of timed stations and have one-on-one discussions with multiple interviewers about a variety of topics. The interviewers include current students, staff, faculty, and Admissions Committee members.

For a student perspective on MMIs, visit our dental student blog, Wolverine Bytes.

Laboratory Bench Test

In addition to participating in MMI, ITDP candidates will be required to complete a practical examination on manikins in a preclinical laboratory. Details about the types of dental procedures involved and materials supplied/needed will be provided via email to selected candidates.


ADMITTED STUDENTS

ACCEPTING THE OFFER OF ADMISSION

To accept the offer of admission, students must take the following first steps.

  1. $1,500 enrollment deposit - Students must pay a one-time enrollment deposit of $1,500 (applied to tuition expenses) online through Wolverine Access. Detailed instructions will be provided with the offer of admission. This deposit is non-refundable.
  2. Criminal background check - Shortly after being offered admission, students will receive an email from Certiphi Screening Inc. with instructions on how to initiate the criminal background check process. All admitted students will be required to complete this background check.
  3. UM Campus ID (uniqname) - After paying the enrollment deposit, students should create and set up their University of Michigan email username and password. Instructions will be sent via email and can also be found at Uniqname & Account Setup.

MATRICULATION DOCUMENTS

Admitted students must complete and turn in the following documents to finalize admission. Detailed instructions and links to the forms will be provided upon receipt of the enrollment deposit.

Matriculation Documents List

International Student Supplemental Application Form (ISSA) Students requesting a new visa or visa transfer will need to submit the ISSA Form to internationaldent@umich.edu to initiate this process. Detailed instructions on who should submit this form will be sent via email.
Personal Data Survey Incoming students are required to fill out a secure online survey to provide the School of Dentistry with additional information.
Personal Health Responsibilities Students must read and electronically sign an online document explaining the personal health responsibilities of a dental student (immunizations, health insurance, etc.).
Technical Standards All dental students must certify that they possess certain abilities integral to the dental profession, as outlined in the Technical Standards document. A specific link to electronically sign this document will be emailed.
Record of Required Immunizations Students are required to demonstrate immunity to certain diseases by having a health care provider complete and sign the Record of Required Immunizations.

OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS

To finalize admission, students must submit National Board score reports, final dental school transcripts, and notarized copies of dental degrees/diplomas to the Office of Admissions. Instructions will be sent via email upon receipt of the enrollment deposit.

Official Documents List

NBDE scores Score reports should be sent directly from the ADA by email to internationaldent@umich.edu. Scanned copies or photos of reports are not accepted.
Transcripts Students must have their official transcripts, with final grades for all coursework, sent directly from all dental schools attended to the Office of Admissions.
Notarized degree/diploma Students must submit a notarized copy of their dental degree.

Transcripts and notarized degrees should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions - ITDP
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
1011 N. University Avenue, Room G226
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078

HEALTH INSURANCE

AAll dental students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of health insurance coverage. Students will attest to this coverage online through Wolverine Access after the start of the program. See Mandatory Health Insurance Guidelines for more information. See Mandatory Health Insurance Guidelines for more information.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Students at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry are expected to understand and follow certain Social Media Guidelines.