International Dental Studies
Last updated on February 12, 2024.

University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Program Size
Program Length
24 months
Application Open
March 7, 2024
Application Deadline
June 14, 2024
Program Start
July 7, 2025

Program Contact

Emma Hopson IDS Admissions Coordinator

International Dental Studies Admissions
155 Fifth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 

Stan Constantino Associate Dean of Admissions
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The International Dental Studies (IDS) program at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry offers qualified internationally educated dentists the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge of the dental profession as practiced in the United States. Graduates of this program receive a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and are eligible to sit for any state or regional dental board in the country. This two-year accelerated program enrolls 57 students in early July of each year.  27 Students are selected for our San Francisco campus at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, and 30 students are selected for our Pacific Health Care Collaborative program, which hosts an additional IDS class at our new facility in Sacramento, CA.  

The full-time, five-day-a-week program consists of eight quarters of study. The curriculum, consisting of academic and clinical training, uses the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, our brand-new Pacific Health Care Collaborative, as well as facilities and other clinical sites in Northern California. IDS students begin clinical patient care in the second quarter and spend the greater portion of their second year in clinical practice.

Program Information

Degree Awarded D.D.S.
Program Size 57
Program Length 24 months
Application Open Date March 7, 2024
Application Deadline June 14, 2024
Program Start Date July 7, 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

  • NBDE

Supplemental Requirements

  • Requires supplemental fee

Citizenship and Immigration Eligibility

The International Students and Scholars (ISS) office fosters the education and development of prospective and current students and scholars from abroad to enable them to achieve their academic and professional goals and objectives. We provide information, resources, advice, and counseling regarding immigration and related personal matters. Visit our website for more details and information regarding our policies and procedures


Transcript Evaluation and Instructions

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)

Provide a course-by-course evaluation report through the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) with a U.S. grade average (2.00 - 4.00) to complete your ADEA CAAPID application status. World Education Services (WES) transcripts are not accepted for this program.  If ECE provides two grade averages (best result or comprehensive), the Dugoni School will only consider the comprehensive grade average.  Applicants with an ECE GPA of 1.99 or lower will not be considered for admission. 

Letters of Evaluation Instructions

Submit three letters with the CAAPID Application.  All should be in English and written within the last 2-3 years; at least 2 letters must be from a dental professional (i.e., dentists, faculty, etc.). A dean's letter is not required for our program.  New: Starting in the 2024-25 CAAPID application cycle, we will allow one additional optional letter of recommendation to be submitted.  This additional letter should be from a dental professional (academic or professional reference). Additionally, this letter needs to be physically (not digitally) signed and printed on company letterhead.  This letter can be submitted through ADEA CAAPID through the program materials' documents section. No additional letters will be accepted through mail or email. Visit our website for more details.

TOEFL Requirement Instructions

The TOEFL exam, with a minimum iBT score of 92 is required for application. Submit your official TOEFL scores directly to ADEA CAAPID® (UOP Code – B451). Scores prior to January 2022 will not be accepted. Visit our website for more details

National Board Requirement Instructions

To be considered for admission, Dugoni School requires passage of both NBDE Parts I and II (a minimum score of 75 or a "Pass" result) OR the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) with a "Pass" result. Visit our website for more details

Other Requirement Instructions

  • Payment of $100 Supplemental Application Fee: To be paid after successfully submitting your CAAPID application using this link. Have your CAAPID ID# ready.  Applications will not be considered complete without this payment. 
  • Dental Curriculum Vitae (CV): A document summarizing your educational credentials and dental experience that you've gained after earning your initial dental degree. Specific Guidelines are required; visit our website for a template and additional information