Last updated on February 8, 2024.

University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry

Program Size
Program Length
36 months
Application Open
March 7, 2024
Application Deadline
June 17, 2024
Program Start
June 16, 2025

Program Contact

International Dentist Pathway

WE'VE MOVED, NEW ADDRESS: Office of Admissions & Outreach SoD Learner Success Center 707 Parnassus Avenue, D4010 San Francisco, CA 94143-0636

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The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry provides a unique balance of clinical excellence, research opportunities and community service as part of one of the leading health science centers in the nation. Since its founding in 1881, the School of Dentistry has evolved from the lone outpost of dental education west of the Mississippi into an international leader in the education of oral health care practitioners and scholars, comprehensive dental care and breakthrough research. The school has a tradition of service, strong clinical programs that prepare dentists for the future and research activities at the vanguard of contemporary science.

Beginning the 2023-2024 admissions cycle, the UCSF International Dentist Pathway will only be offering a 3 year track.  After evaluating feedback from the campus community, the two year pathway has been phased out.  It was decided to extend the program for an additional year to ensure full integration with our DDS curriculum exposing more clinical experience which would result in our graduates being well-prepared for a professional career in the U.S. It also allows our IDP cohort to partake in amazing research opportunities and community-based clinical externship rotations at UCSF.




Program Information

Degree Awarded D.D.S.
Program Size 20
Program Length 36 months
Application Open Date March 7, 2024
Application Deadline June 17, 2024
Program Start Date June 16, 2025
Supplemental Application No
Supplemental Fee Yes
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or hold U.S. legal permanent resident status (green card) No
Bench Test No
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Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests


Supplemental Requirements

  • Requires supplemental fee

Transcript Evaluation and Instructions

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), World Education Services (WES)

Submit an official ECE or WES course-by-course evaluation of all international coursework and upload a copy of your international transcripts (dental school and all other college/university level course work) via the ADEA CAAPID application. 

If selected for an interview, applicants will be required to submit an official transcript directly to UCSF from the issuing institution(s) from all international institutions (college/university level). 

Letters of Evaluation Instructions

Please submit three Letters of Recommendation via ADEA CAAPID application. One is required from a clinician who has supervised your work, another from an academic from your home institution and one of your choice. If your recommender is unable to obtain letterhead, we require them to upload the letter directly to ADEA CAAPID, and it must include their electronic signature and all their contact information.

TOEFL Requirement Instructions

Must have minimum TOEFL scores of 95 or higher on the internet-based test (iBT) within two years of the opening of the application cycle. The home-based TOEFL exam is accepted. MyBest TOEFL is accepted.  Scores must be uploaded to ADEA CAAPID application.

National Board Requirement Instructions

Passing the Part I and Part II of the National Board Dental Examination or the Integrated National Board Dental Examination is optional but strongly recommended.