International Dentist Program
Thank you for your interest in the Indiana University International Dentist Program (IU-IDP). The IU-IDP offers qualified graduates of foreign dental programs the opportunity to earn the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree at Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD). Upon successful completion of a Continuing Education Intensive course and the IDP program, graduates are eligible to take state or regional clinical board examinations to be eligible for dental licensure and dental practice within the United States.
The IU-IDP PROGRAM
The IU-IDP is a full-time, daily program that administers its own admissions process and application forms. Students accepted into the program will start their education at Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis in January, 2015. Graduation is expected in a minimum of 24 months.
After the application is received and successfully processed, qualified applicants are invited for an interview. Selected interviewees will be invited to participate in a Continuing Education Intensive course. This course provides an opportunity to review applicant skills and assess qualifications for entrance into the program as a full-time dental student. Completion of the Continuing Education course does not guarantee acceptance into the IDP program. Matriculation may occur in the 3rd year of the DDS program and will include: classroom lectures, direct patient care in the general practice group, and departmental rotation followed by community-based clinic work.
YOUR CAAPID APPLICATION
Indiana University School of Dentistry participates in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID) service. This service is used by many dental schools in the United States and Canada. To be considered for admission to the IU-IDP program, applicants must submit a single online application and set of credentials to the CAAPID program and pay the applicable fees. Applicants are encouraged to go to the ADEA CAAPID web site to complete the CAAPID application: http://www.adea.org/ . The deadline for completing the CAAPID application is June 30, 2014.
Applicants must provide a personal statement. The personal statement should be submitted in the space provided in the CAAPID application. The personal statement may include information about dental education experiences, dental related activities and professional goals.
Applicants must submit an original ECE "course-by-course" evaluation of foreign dental school transcripts supporting their BDS degree directly from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (www.ece.org) to CAAPID. The IU-IDP program will only accept ECE. No provisional degrees will be accepted. Do not send the ECE to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs IU-IDP program. If accepted into the program, submission of copies of original diploma and transcripts, translated by an accredited U.S. translator, is required. These documents can be submitted to IUPUI’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) by the end of the first semester of the dental program curriculum.
Note: The OIA will require copies of transcripts and/or diplomas from post-secondary studies, in addition to the applicable professional degree, prior to admission. These copies can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Originals of the post-secondary documents must be submitted directly to OIA for verification during the first semester after admission.
YOUR IUPUI APPLICATION
The IU-IDP program also requires completion of an online E-Graduate Application which can be completed at the following link: http://graduate.iupui.edu/admissions/apply.shtml . The Office of Admissions and Student Affairs will send an email to the applicant when the application is complete. Information regarding the status of an applicant or an application cannot be released over the phone.
Once the IUPUI E-Graduate Application is complete the applicant will have the opportunity to pay the $60 application fee. Please follow the procedures below to submit the fee. The applicant’s application will not be processed until the fee is paid.
- ONLY COMPLETE ITEMS MARKED WITH AN ASTERISK “ * ” IN THE ONLINE GRADUATE APPLICATION.
- Under Admissions, scroll to “How to Apply.” Click on “Begin your application for graduate or professional school at IUPUI.
- Click on “Create new guest account.” Verify your new guest account per instructions.
- Log in. Proceed with completing your application.
- DO NOT CHECK ANY ITEMS UNDER THE QUESTION “Have you participated in any of the following? (Check all that apply):”
- Under Intended Program and Plan:
- Click on “Dental School.”
- Click on “Dentistry Professional.”
- Click on “Dental Surgery DDS.”
- Under Term, select “Spring 2015.”
- DO NOT MAKE A SELECTION UNDER “FEE WAIVER.”
- DO NOT SUBMIT A PERSONAL STATEMENT ON THE ONLINE GRADUATE APPLICATION.
- DO NOT UPLOAD ANY ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS TO THE ONLINE GRADUATE APPLICATION.
YOUR IU-IDP SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION
The IU-IDP program also requires completion of a supplemental application located HERE. The supplemental application is available for downloading and must be printed, completed and mailed to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. The IU-IDP application is not complete and will not be processed until the supplemental application is received.
NATIONAL BOARD DENTAL EXAMINATION PART I AND PART II (www.ada.org)
All applicants must submit an original score report of the National Board Dental Examination Part I and Part II from the American Dental Association to the Office for Admissions and Student Affairs at Indiana University School of Dentistry. A status of “pass” is required of all applicants on both sections of the NBDE. The score report must include the dates of the passing score reports.
TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (TOEFL) (www.ets.org/toefl)
All applicants must be proficient in the English language. Only applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL. Applicants must submit an original score report of the TOEFL examination (IBT format) earned within the past two (2) years. This report should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to the Program (institution code 1325, department code 38). A score of ninety (90) or above on the internet-based format of the TOEFL examination is required. Only the IBT TOEFL examination is accepted. No waivers are granted for the TOEFL for personal circumstances or for scores below the minimum application requirement. Do not send the TOEFL score report to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at Indiana University School of Dentistry. Preference is given to applicants who meet the following criteria:
- Writing: Greater than or = 22
- Speaking: Greater than or = 22
- Listening: Greater than or = 20
- Reading: Greater than or = 19
THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Applicants must submit three original letters of recommendation written in English in the space provided in the CAAPID application. If the letters are written in a language other than English, they must be translated by an accredited U.S. translator. All letters must be submitted by the author on the author’s professional letterhead and include the author’s address, telephone number and/or email address along with the author’s original signature. Letters submitted without these specifications will not be accepted. The letters must be written within 12 months of the date of submission of the application and submitted directly to CAAPID. Letters may be written by the Dean, an Associate Dean, department chair, or faculty member at the applicant's former dental school. At least one of the letters should be written by a dental professional who has worked with the applicant within the last 12 months.
If an applicant’s name has changed, the name change must be verified. A legal document showing the name change must be submitted. For example, in the case of marriage, a copy of a marriage certificate must be provided.
ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THE DEADLINE TO:
Indiana University School of Dentistry
Office of Admissions and Student Affairs
1121 West Michigan Street, Room 105
Indianapolis, IN 46202
ATTN: International Dental Program
Applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified by email approximately two to three weeks prior to the interview date. Interviews are conducted when all application materials have been successfully submitted as required by the IU-IDP program. The interview consists of an orientation, tour of the dental school, personal interviews with faculty, and a bench test.
SKILLS EVALUATION PROCESS:
Following the interview phase, selected candidates will be invited to participate in a skills evaluation. This evaluation is designed to individually evaluate each candidate’s dental knowledge and skills in order to optimize candidate placement in the curriculum. The class will be selected from those individuals who are present for the skills evaluation. A nonrefundable one-time fee is required of applicants invited for this phase of the IU-IDP admissions process. Acceptance into the program is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the skills evaluation phase for determination of placement. The skills evaluation fee does not guarantee acceptance into the program, nor is it applied toward tuition or other fees.
ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION PROCESS:
Applicants are selected for the 2015 IU-IDP class after the interview and skills assessment are completed. Applicants receive an official letter of acceptance from IUSD. Applicants are required to respond to the acceptance letter by the deadline reply date.
Accepted IU-IDP students must meet and maintain all educational, financial, and immigration commitments to allow for admission, registration, and enrollment at the IU School of Dentistry. Acceptance into the IU-IDP is not a guarantee of eligibility for financial aid. Financial aid is awarded to eligible students on the basis of financial need and citizenship. Those who are United States citizens or eligible non-citizens will be considered. A Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) may be downloaded electronically from the US Department of Education website to determine eligibility. www.fafsa.ed.gov.
IU-IDP Estimated Cost of Attendance (ECOA) Figures
Continuing Education Fee: 2013-2014, $16,000
2014-2015 Academic Year
Tuition and Fees*
* will be adjusted for 2014-2015 academic year
First Year Second Year
Tuition $63,472.00 $63,472.00
†R&R Fees $319.92 $319.92
Mandatory Health Insurance $2,800.00 $2,800.00
Instrument Purchase *$852.53 $00.00
Instrument Rental $2,832.70 $2,832.70
Books $699.00 $00.00
Board Expenses $390.00
Total Academic Year School Expenses (Tuition + Fees + Estimated Living Allowance*
Summer School Fees 2014 (Spring Class of 2016)
$2,873.10 + $303.36 $11,492.40 + $391.61***
Estimated Living Allowance for 12 Months
Each student is required to have a laptop computer.
*Costs may vary based upon annual tuition adjustments and existing ownership of required instruments, laptop computer, etc.
†Required university fee for building rehabilitation
***Summer fee determined by graduation date. Fee shown is maximum amount possible for 2014
Dr. Melanie Peterson, MBA
Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs
Director, International Dentist Program
Indiana University School of Dentistry
Office of Admissions and Student Affairs
1121 West Michigan Avenue, Room 105
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Attn.: International Dentist Program