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Check List Before You Apply
Minimum Admission Standards
Creating an Account
Interview and Skills Testing Phase
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. All documents must be received before the application deadline of August 27, 2021 in order for your application to be considered.

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

Description Requirement
Academic Performance GPA

Minimum ECE of 2.5
Transcript Official, with school seal sent directly from your dental school, including a certified English translation if it is not in English. An ECE or WES report will not satisfy this requirement.
iNBDE or National Board Part 1 and 2

English Foreign Language (TOEFL)

92 minimum score (TOEFL and Home Edition iBT Scaled Scores NOT MyBest Scores); no exceptions or modifications
Evaluation 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.

2021 Application Cycle is now open. Click here to apply.

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 will be conducted from the end of September through November and consist of a meet and greet orientation, a virtual tour of the School of Dentistry, a scenario-based interview with faculty, and dental skills assessments. All candidates selected for the interview and skills test will receive detailed instructions and tips on preparing when they confirm the invitation. Because of the rise in COVID-19, these interviews and the skills test will be conducted virtually. Instead of a bench test, there will be a Mini Virtual Objective Structured Clinical Exam (MVOSCE). This exam is used to assess dental professionals to test clinical performance and competence in communication, clinical diagnosis, and clinical reasoning abilities using patient scenarios, images, and video. The class of 12 entering students will be selected from those candidates who present for the interview and skills testing (the number of students in a 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.

Texas Residency Classification and Immigration:

The determination of Texas 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. IDEP applicants will be required to answer questions to determine Texas residency.

Only after official acceptance into the program will the IDEP office initiate contact with the Office of International Services (OIS). At that time, accepted applicants will be required to submit documentation 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 August 27, 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

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