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IDEP Application


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Check List Before You Apply
Minimum Admission Standards
Fully-completed Application
Creating an Account
Residency Classification and Immigration
Financial Aid
Application Deadline
Contact Information

$200 application fee is non-refundable

Step 1: Get to know us and explore our program!  Here are a few suggested sites:

Step 2: See if you are eligible to apply by looking at a quick list of the minimum admissions requirements.

Step 3: Consider why you want to do this.  Think about what your values are, you're learning styles and career goals and why this program reflects them.  By exploring this, you will demonstrate to the admissions committee in your application that you have put time and effort into researching the program and that you are a good fit for it.  

Step 4: Create a plan - begin to organize what you will need to complete an application.  See fully completed application.

Step 5: Go further - take an objective look at your knowledge, experience, and personal development.  Speak with others and begin looking at opportunities to strenghten your weaknesses.  Take strides to create broader career and personal goals.  Do things, (courses, jobs, organizations) that will demonstrate your willingness to put into action your core values.  Record these experiences and build your CV.

Step 6: Reach out to your past Dental School Faculty, and to those that can attest to your dental skills and knowledge as well as personal attributes.  This is an important part of your application.  Make sure those that you select are people who will be willing to take the effort to describe your achievements and will be willing to be called as a reference

Step 7: It is time to apply!  Take the effort to read instructions carefully and to create your account.  Create an account.

Minimum Admission Standards

Domain Description Minimum
Academic Performance GPA/ comprehensive ECE from foreign dental school 2.5
Dental Degree and certified dental transcripts with school seal and a U.S. certified English Translation  
National Board score Part 1 and Part 2 Passing scores on both
English Foreign Language (TOFEL) 92 minimum score (TOEFL iBT Scaled Scores NOT MyBest Scores); no exceptions or modifications
Activities and Related Experiences Dental related activities and experiences The Admissions Committee takes a very holistic approach when reviewing applications by looking at community service, leadership positions, research activities, work experiences, health care activities and academic achievements.
Activities and related experience survey  
Personal Evaluation 3 Personal learning self-assessment survey Applicants will fill out a survey that inventories learning styles and asks questions which will allow you to highlight your values, your motivations, the things that matter to you and your aspirations as it pertains to learning, and dentistry
3 Electronic evaluations At least one of the evaluators must be a Dean or faculty from dental school you received your dental degree from. Sent in electronically with a contact number, contact email and some identifying information such as a signature. These assess dental skills, ethics, clinical reasoning, personality, character and patient management.

2020 Application Cycle is now open. Click here to apply.

New Applicants: Need to create an account, enter the application portal and pay, complete the application, and submit documents electronically.

  • You will receive confirmation when you successfully finish each section of the application.  Be sure to complete all sections for it to be considered complete and ready for review.  Incomplete applications are not reviewed.
  • Information can be saved as you go. 
  • When you sign back on, you are quickly directed to areas that still need completion. 
  • Electronic ECE, TOEFL and ADA National Board Scores can be quickly entered and updated. 
  • Letters of evaluation are electronic user-friendly surveys, with secure electronic links.  Your portal will be notified when they are submitted.  At least one of the evaluators must be a Dean or faculty from dental school you received your dental degree from.

Re-Applicants: You will need to create a new account, enter the application portal and pay.  You may request by email to have academic history documentation forwarded such as dental transcripts, ECE, TOEFL and National board reports from last year's application (this can only be done once; not yearly).  Letters of evaluation and other materials will need to be resubmitted each year.  A review of all information being carried forward is required and updates to this information are allowed.

  • The committee reviews all completed, eligible applications for scoring. Scoring is rubric based, holistic, and is blinded. On average, we receive 350 - 500 applications a year and the top scoring 54 candidates are called for interviews. We have a total of 6 interview sessions with 9 candidates per interview. The candidates in the first group are just as equally competitive as the last group. The highest scoring candidates can be assigned to any of the 6 interview sessions. Candidates selected for the interview and skills testing phase of the admissions process will be notified by telephone and confirmed by email approximately two to three weeks in advance of their scheduled interview date. A non-refundable dental skill testing fee of $325 (fee subject to change) is required of all candidates invited for this phase of the IDEP admissions process. This fee is not applied toward tuition or other fees. The two-day sessions are conducted from September through October and consist of an orientation, tour of the School of Dentistry, a scenario-based interview with faculty, and dental skills assessments. The class of 8 - 12 entering students will be selected from those candidates who present for the interview and skills testing (number of class is subject to change).

Acceptance Notification Phase:

  • After the interview and skills testing phase of the application process, and upon receiving an official letter of acceptance, applicants selected for the IDEP class starting in 2021 are required to respond to the acceptance letter by the deadline reply date. 
  • Accepted IDEP students must meet and maintain all educational, financial and immigration commitments to allow for their dental school admission, registration, and enrollment at UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry.
  • At the time of acceptance, a non-refundable $5,000 (subject to change) placement holder fee payment is required.  This payment must be received along with the signed Statement of Intent by the deadline reply date to maintain acceptance.  
  • You will then begin the process to become a registered student in our Advanced placement program with official enrollment. 
  • Please note that the IDEP interview and skills assessment sessions are an ongoing and continuous process from September through October in the year prior to admission, with official letters of acceptance mailed periodically.  If an individual accepted for the program withdraws, then interviewed applicants identified as alternates will be notified by telephone of the opening and then mailed an official letter of acceptance.

Residency Classification and Immigration:

The determination of residency classification for admission and tuition purposes is governed by statutes enacted by the Texas Legislature and rules and regulations promulgated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Individuals selected to attend the IDEP program, will be required to complete the Residency Questionnaire for UT Health San Antonio before starting the program to determine whether the student is a resident or non-resident of Texas.

The Office of International Services (OIS) at UT Health San Antonio has determined that the F-1 category is the most appropriate visa status for non-immigrant status accepted students to attend the IDEP program as a full-time dental student. Only after official acceptance for the IDEP program will the IDEP office initiate the F Certificate of Eligibility Application Form and gather additional required documents and submit them to OIS as a complete packet.

Financial Aid:

Acceptance into IDEP is not a guarantee of eligibility for financial aid. Financial aid for dental school is awarded on the basis of financial need and citizenship to eligible students — those that are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. A Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) may be downloaded electronically from the U.S. Department of Education to determine eligibility.

Application Deadline:

  • The application deadline for the IDEP class starting in 2021 is September 1, 2020.

  • The completed dental application and all supporting documents must be received by the IDEP office before this date or postmarked no later than this date.

  • Incomplete applications will be kept on file, but they will not be considered for the class starting in 2021.

An email from the IDEP office will be sent to the applicant once their application is completed. Please note that information regarding the status of an applicant or an application cannot be released over the phone.

Contact Information:

IDEP Office: 210-567-1411

International Dentist Education Program
UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry
Mail Code 7897
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78229