International/Advanced Standing Program

Admission Requirements
Application Procedures
General Information
Interviews/Selection of Students

Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Information

NEW Information!!! The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine is participating in the Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID) program this year. Applications sent directly to the University of Pittsburgh will no longer be accepted. The CAAPID website may be accessed at See below for additional information.

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements:

  • The completion of a dental degree from a recognized international dental school  is required.
  • Academic credentials will be evaluated by the University of Pittsburgh Office of International Student Services to ensure that the candidate’s undergraduate curriculum prerequisites include the equivalent requirements of biology with laboratory, inorganic (general) chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry and physics.
  • While the absolute minimum of a 3.0 GPA may be considered, more competitive GPAs will be considered first.

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

  • Must be proficient in the English Language.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL.
  • Successful completion of the TOEFL iBT with a score of 100 or above is required.
  • TOEFL results must be from testing dated after 12/31/2011.
  • TOEFL score should be uploaded to the CAAPID application.

National Dental Board Requirements:

  • Program requires passage of NBDE Parts I and II to be considered for admission.  A minimum score of 80 on both Parts I and II is recommended when applicable.
  • Official NBDE scores should be uploaded to the CAAPID along with other application materials.

ECE Evaluation:

  • Only ECE evaluations of dental school transcripts with a competitive GPA of 3.0 or higher will be considered.
  • ECE evaluation should be uploaded to CAAPID.

Application Procedures

Letters of evaluation:

  • Program requires a letter of evaluation from the Dean of the dental school from which applicant graduated.
  • Two additional letters are required from applicant’s dental school faculty. Academic letters of recommendation cannot be more than two years old. These letters are non-negotiable.
  • These letters should be uploaded to CAAPID.
  • Up to an additional three letters may be accepted from additional sources for inclusion in the application. If relevant, recommendation letters from graduate schools or dentists of any shadowing experience are encouraged. These letters can be sent directly to the school along with the application fee and a recent photo.

Transcripts and evaluations:

  • Applicant must submit to CAAPID a course-by-course ECE evaluation of dental school transcript. Only the ECE evaluation will be accepted.
  • If admitted,  Official transcripts from all post-secondary programs as well as notarized, translated copies of same and photocopied dental school diploma should be sent directly to the program.

Application fees:

  • Send $75 application fee and a recent 2x2 photo (with ADEA CAAPID number and legibly printed name on the back) to program (not to ADEA CAAPID) after submitting CAAPID application.
  • Application fee money order made out to 'University of Pittsburgh' must be drawn on U.S. dollar funds and be sent to:
    • Office of Admissions, Advanced Standing Program
    • Attn. Katherine Adomitis
    • Suite 2114 Salk Hall, 3501 Terrace Street
    • Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Additional documents that should be sent directly to program:

  • In the same envelope, along with the application fee and photo, the following must be submitted directly to the program:
    • Official or notarized copies of professional undergrad or grad dental program grades, certificates and/or licenses
    • Official documentation of visa or any immigration status (if applicable) or official documentation of permanent resident or US citizen status
    • All materials should be postmarked by the application deadline of July 5
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered or returned.

 Additional Requirements:

  • Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview and bench test.
  • Bench test fee of $200 will be required from those applicants invited to interview.
  • Bench testing fee should be paid in money order or cashier's check, no personal checks are accepted.
  • All checks should be addressed to University of Pittsburgh
  • Accepted applicants must pay a non-refundable tuition deposit fee of $1000 at time of acceptance. Fee will be applied to the cost of fall tuition.
  • Accepted applicants must pay a non-refundable $6000 in tuition prior to the provisional summer program that begins May 1.
  • Materials and fees must be sent to:

University of Pittsburgh

School of Dental Medicine

Office of Admissions

Attn: Katherine Adomitis

3501 Terrace Street, Suite 2114

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Additional Information:

  • For information or application for the TOEFL, you may contact the Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151, or visit their web page at  Our Institution code is 2927, and the Department code is 38.
  • The NBDE information may be obtained at
  • Information regarding the  ECE evaluations may be found at
  • Where official, original documents are issued in a language other than English, certified (notarized) English translations must also be submitted.
  • All materials submitted for consideration become the property of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine and will not be returned to the applicant for any reason.

General Information

The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine is committed to diversity within the profession. The School of Dental Medicine has implemented an Advanced Standing Program for dentists holding a dental degree from other countries. This is a mandatory two-year curriculum. Qualified Advanced Standing students are placed in the First Professional Program (DMD) as third-year dental students and must complete the third- and fourth-year curriculum as prescribed. No waiver of classes is granted. The deadline for applications is July 5 of the year prior to starting the program.

Interviews and Selection of Students

Interviews will be granted after the applicant’s credentials have been reviewed. Interviews are by invitation only. Candidates selected for an interview will be notified in writing. The interview process consists of an orientation to the School of Dental Medicine, faculty interview, student panel discussion, and a bench testing pre-clinical exercise.

Bench testing

Class II Amalgam cavity preparation on a bicuspid

Class III composite cavity preparation on one of the maxillary anterior teeth

PFM crown prep on one of the 1st molars (Maxilla or Mandible).

Selection of applicants for admission is based on the interview criteria in addition to academic performance and letters of evaluation. The Admissions Committee will review all applicants, but will only invite qualified applicants to participate in the interview process. Upon completion of the interview process, the Admissions Committee will evaluate and offer provisional acceptances to those selected. Formal acceptance will be granted after successful completion of a series of summer courses. The summer program consists of formal classes, small group seminars, and manikin exercises to further assess the candidate’s knowledge of dentistry.

Applicants will be considered for only one year at a time, and applicants must reapply for each following year. All required documentation must be resubmitted each time that application is made.

The University of Pittsburgh Advanced Standing program will accept from 6-10 qualified applicants per year, depending on number of spaces available.


Upon successful completion of the mandatory summer program, individuals will be placed into the First Professional curriculum as third-year students (See First Professional DMD program)

Tuition and Costs

International applicants must submit official statements from banking institutions at the time of acceptance stating that the financial commitment for both years will be able to be met.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents will have the option of meeting with the dental school’s Office of Financial Aid to determine if aid will be available.

Contact Information

University of Pittsburgh

School of Dental Medicine

Office of Admissions

Attn: Katherine Adomitis

3501 Terrace Street, Suite 2114

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Advanced Standing Program

How much is the tuition for this program?

Advanced Standing DMD Program
2014 - 2015 Budget

  1st Year In-state 1st Year Out-of State 2nd Year In-state 2nd Year Out-of State
Tuition* 21,568 24,976 21,568 24,976
University Fees* 1,110 1,110 1,110 1,110
Health Insurance Fee 4,150 4,150 4,150 4,150
DMD Professional Fees/Exams 31,668 35,076 21,958 25,366
Instrument/Rental Fees 8,010 8,010 618 618
Maximum Living Allowance 21,000 21,000 21,000 21,000
Total 87,506 94,322 70,404 77,220

All budgets reflect a 12-month period. There is no separate budget permitted for married students, although an adjustment is permitted for dependent children.

Please note that all figures are subject to change annually. Please contact the School of Dental Medicine Financial Aid Office to obtain the most current information.