Last updated on January 30, 2024.

UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry

Program Size
Program Length
29 months
Application Open
March 7, 2024
Application Deadline
June 21, 2024
Program Start
January 6, 2025

Program Contact

Dr. Elena Riccio Leach Director, International Dentist Education Program

International Dentist Education Program

UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry

Mail Code 7897

7703 Floyd Curl Drive

San Antonio, Texas 78229

IDEP Office: 210-567-1411

Dr. Poornima Mensinkai Assistant Director, International Dentist Education Program
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The International Dentist Education Program (IDEP) D.D.S. at UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry offers qualified graduates of foreign dental schools the opportunity to earn the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, challenge state or regional board examinations and practice in the United States. 

Once accepted into the program, students begin by participating in a six-months hybrid preparatory course which includes interactive online distance learning followed by customized hands-on training taught by specialists and content experts.This is geared towards maximizing individual clinical skills and preparing each student for integration into the clinic. After participating in this course, students will be integrated with traditional third-year dental students for 2 years of multidisciplinary training with a strong clinical focus. More than 2000 hours of on-site comprehensive patient care learning experiences, on-site and off-site specialty and community outreach rotations as well as enriching selective courses will prepare them for a range of successful dental careers.





Program Information

Degree Awarded D.D.S.
Program Size 20
Program Length 29 months
Application Open Date March 7, 2024
Application Deadline June 21, 2024
Program Start Date January 6, 2025
Supplemental Application No
Supplemental Fee No
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or hold U.S. legal permanent resident status (green card) No
Bench Test Yes
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Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests

  • NBDE

Citizenship and Immigration Eligibility

All applicants with US citizenship, permanent/conditional-temporary residents or holding any legal visa status in the US are eligible to apply. It is important for all applicants to accurately represent their immigration status. If an applicant's citizenship or visa status changes after submitting application, they must contact the Program at directly with the information as soon as possible. 

Transcript Evaluation and Instructions

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)

The ECE evaluation will be sent electronically to ADEA CAAPID. We accept only the “comprehensive grade average” and not the “best result”.

In addition, we require original, official dental school transcripts that you or your University/Dental School may mail with the school seal in an unopened signed/sealed University envelope to  our Program. Your University/Dental School can email from a University email address a signed and scanned copy that contains the University seal to  If your transcripts are not in English, they must include a U.S. certified English translation. 

Letters of Evaluation Instructions

We require three electronic evaluations to be submitted to ADEA CAAPID. 

Evaluation #1 must be from the Dean or a faculty from the dental school or a dental post-graduate program you attended. All references must have a contact phone number and be willing to be contacted by the admissions committee. 

Content of the evaluation is important.  Select references that have personal stories to attest to your knowledge, skill, and personality are stronger. 

Length and involvement of relationships matter.  Example: Someone that worked with you full time, (5 days a week for a year) is stronger than someone who worked with you occasionally for a year.

TOEFL Requirement Instructions

An official score report of your TOEFL examination must be received electronically by ADEA CAAPID from the Educational Testing Service ( We require a minimum iBT Scaled Score of 92. TOEFL and Home Edition iBT Scaled Scores are accepted. MyBest Scores are NOT accepted; no exceptions or modifications. The test must not be more than 2 years old and cannot expire before July 15th of the application cycle you are applying.  

National Board Requirement Instructions

We require either the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) or the National Board Exams Part 1 and Part 2 with a status of PASS.  Official NBDE scores are submitted electronically to ADEA CAAPID directly from the American Dental Association.

Other Requirement Instructions

When generated by ECE,  a minimum U.S. COMPREHENSIVE ECE GPA for the dental degree of 2.5  or above is required.

A non-refundable dental skill testing fee and a 2x2 inch (51x51 mm, 5x5 cm) photo will be required upon invitation for the interview phase of the admission process.