Internationally Trained Dentist Program (ITDP) (2023)

Information related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and U-M Dentistry


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 DentalSurgery (DDS) degree.



Applicants to the Internationally Trained Dentist Program (ITDP) are reviewed in a holisticmanner with consideration to all components of the application, including the criteria below. The following items are only accepted through the CAAPID application:

National Board Dental Examination

All applicants are required to report passing National Board results on the CAAPID application. Either the NBDE Part I or the INBDE is accepted.

  • If Part I scores are submitted, Part II is encouraged but not required. Part 1 scores from the last 5 years are preferred, but all passing scores are accepted.
  • 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 requiredfor admission to the University of Michigan Internationally Trained DentistProgram.

Applicants who have taken the ADAT and submit scores via ADEA CAAPID will receive priorityreview. However, all applicants who meet our general program minimum requirements will bereviewed.

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 overallscore of at least 94. No waivers will be granted. Total scores above 100 are consideredcompetitive. 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 thiswill not be accepted.

Official TOEFL scores must be sent electronically from ETS directly to CAAPID before theapplication deadline (see instructions for sendingTOEFL scores). The TOEFL Home Edition is accepted. The TOEFL MyBest scores are not considered and we only accept iBT scores through the CAAPID application. Do not mail or email scores to the Admissions Office.

Dental Experience

Applicants are expected to demonstrate experience working in the dental field. Experiencesthat indicate direct patient care as a licensed dentist are desirable and stronglyrecommended.

Letters of Recommendation

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

  • One dean’s letter - A letter written by the dean of the applicant’s dentalschool is required and must be signed and on official letterhead.
  • Two letters of choice - The remaining two letters should be frominstructors 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 onofficial 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. Additionalletters beyond the three in CAAPID will not be accepted.

Application Fee

Applicants are required to pay a $75 nonrefundable supplemental application fee directly tothe University of Michigan. This fee is separate from any payments made to CAAPID and can onlybe made online via credit or debit card. Checks, money orders, and payments over the phone arenot accepted. This payment should be made at the time of the CAAPID application submission.

PAY APPLICATION FEEButton inactive until March 2024

Download ITDP Requirements Checklist


Licensure Disclosure Information

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry Internationally Trained Dentist Program (ITDP)is accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation(CODA).

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry Internationally Trained Dentist Program (ITDP)was designed to satisfy educational prerequisites to licensure for dentistry only in the stateof Michigan. It has not been determined whether educational prerequisites to licensure would besatisfied in other states.

Students should consult the dental board in their state to confirm if the degree fromUniversity of Michigan School of Dentistry meets the criteria for professional licensure intheir state. Contact information for the state dental boards can be found at the American Dental Association.


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

The ADEA CAAPID application opens on March 8, 2023 and the University of Michigan's deadline is June 30, 2023.

Application Steps


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


Submit the following directly to CAAPID:

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) reportApplicants must submit an official Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)course-by-course evaluation of all dental coursework completed outside of the US andCanada. ECE reports should be sent directly to CAAPID. See instructions for sendingforeign transcript evaluations on CAAPID’s Academic Historypage.

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

Letters of recommendationApplicants must select three evaluators to submit letters of recommendation directlythrough CAAPID (see detailedinstructions). See our specific Letters of Recommendationrequirements.
Standardized testsApplicants should follow the instructions on CAAPID’s StandardizedTests page to submit National Board Dental Examination, ADAT, and TOEFL results.Test scores sent directly to the School of Dentistry are not accepted.

Submit the following directly to the University of Michigan:

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

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.

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



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

Please note: Candidates are required to interview for further admissionconsideration.

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


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 discussionswith multiple interviewers about a variety of topics. The interviewers include current students,staff, faculty, and Admissions Committee members.

Laboratory Bench Test

In addition to participating in MMI, ITDP candidates may be required to complete a practical examination on manikins in a preclinical laboratory. Details about this possible assessment will be made available at a later date.


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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 depositof $1,500 (applied to tuition expenses) online through Wolverine Access. Detailed instructionswill be provided with the offer of admission. This deposit is non-refundable.
  2. Criminal background check - Shortly after being offered admission, studentswill receive an email from Certiphi Screening Inc. with instructions on how to initiate thecriminal background check process. All admitted students will be required to complete thisbackground check.
  3. UM Campus ID (uniqname) - After paying the enrollment deposit, students shouldcreate and set up their University of Michigan email username and password. Instructions willbe sent via email and can also be found at .


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 enrollmentdeposit.

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 initiatethis process. Detailed instructions on who should submit this form will be sent via email.
Personal Data SurveyIncoming students are required to fill out a secure online survey to provide the Schoolof Dentistry with additional information.
Personal Health ResponsibilitiesStudents must read and electronically sign an online document explaining the personalhealth responsibilities of a dental student (immunizations, health insurance, etc.).
Technical StandardsAll dental students must certify that they possess certain abilities integral to the dentalprofession, as outlined in the Technical Standards document. A specific link to electronically sign thisdocument will be emailed.
Record of Required ImmunizationsStudents are required to demonstrate immunity to certain diseases by having a health careprovider complete and sign the Record of Required Immunizations.


To finalize admission, students must submit National Board score reports, final dental schooltranscripts, 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 scoresScore reports should be sent directly from the ADA by email to Scanned copies orphotos of reports are not accepted.
TranscriptsStudents must have their official transcripts, with final grades for all coursework, sentdirectly from all dental schools attended to the Office of Admissions.
Notarized degree/diplomaStudents 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


All 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 theprogram. See Mandatory Health Insurance Guidelines for more information.


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

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