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IDEP Application

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

$200 application fee is non-refundable

Step 1: For Academics and program costs see our Home Page. For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Step 2: To see if you are eligible to apply, review the list of admission requirements.

Step 3: Consider what interests you about this program. It is important to describe your values, learning styles, and career goals when completing your application. Does this school meet your expectations? By exploring these things, you will be able to demonstrate to the admissions committee, that you have put time and effort into researching this program. Your application is also the platform to explain why you are a good fit for UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry IDEP.

Step 4: Create a plan and organize what you will need to complete an application.  See what information you will need in order to apply here.

Step 5: Go further - take an objective look at your knowledge, experiences, and personal development.  Speak with others and begin looking at opportunities to strengthen your weaknesses.  Take strides to create broader career and personal goals.  Demonstrate your willingness to put your core values into action.  Record these experiences to 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 the people you select will be willing to take the time and effort to describe your achievements and be called as a reference

Step 7: It's time to apply!  Please read the instructions carefully to create your account.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Domain Description Requirement
Academic Performance
Visit ece.org
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  
Visit ada.org National Board score Part 1 and Part 2 Passing scores on both
Visit ets.org 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, aspirations, and motivation
3 Electronic evaluations At least one evaluator must be a Dean or faculty from the dental school you received your dental degree from. These evaluations should assess your dental skills, ethics, clinical reasoning, personality, character, and patient management.

New Applicants: Click on the link to create an account, enter the application portal and pay. Once payment is confirmed you will be able to complete the application and submit documents electronically.

  1. 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.
  2. Information can be saved as you go. 
  3. Letters of evaluation are electronic user-friendly surveys, with secure electronic links.  Your portal will be notified when they are submitted.  At least one evaluation must be from a Dean or faculty at the 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 to have your transcript, ECE, TOEFL and National board results from last year's application uploaded onto your new application. PLEASE NOTE: This can only be done once.  Letters of evaluation and other materials will need to be resubmitted each year you apply. 

  • The committee reviews all completed, eligible applications for scoring. Scoring is rubric based, holistic, and 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 8 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. These sessions are conducted from August through November and consist of a meet and greet, orientation, tour of the School of Dentistry, a scenario-based interview with faculty, and dental skills assessments. Because of COVID-19, these interviews will most likely be conducted virtually. 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 2022 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 before matriculation to 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 August through November 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 sent 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. Residency Information

Only after official acceptance into the IDEP program will the IDEP office initiate contact with the Office of International Services (OIS). Accepted applicants will be required to submit a complete packet to the OIS office. Instructions will be given at the appropriate time.

Financial Aid:

Acceptance into IDEP is not a guarantee of eligibility for financial aid. Financial aid for dental school is awarded to eligible students based on financial need and citizenship — 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 2022 is July 30, 2021.

  • The completed 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 2022.


A confirmation email 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
Email: IDEP@uthscsa.edu

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