How to Apply


Applications will open at the end of September for the next cycle. Please use the below information to prepare for the process, but understand that there may be changes. 

The Advanced Standing International Student Program (ISP) accepts 40 internationally-trained dentists each year. CU Dental is committed to attracting highly qualified students from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences, and has accepted students from over 50 different countries. We use a holistic review process when considering applicants by reviewing a number of factors including academic credentials, TOEFL score, community engagement, letters of recommendation and an invitation only interview.

Admission Requirements

  • ​Dental degree from an accredited international dental program (provisional degrees are not accepted)
  • Pass Part I of the National Dental Board Exam
  • TOEFL Score of 94 or better (no exceptions are made regardless of native language or courses taken)

We do not grant exceptions to any of the above items under any circumstances.


How to Apply Step-by-Step Guide

Please follow the steps in the order that they are listed.
Download and view the step-by-step application process as a PDF.

Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, and interview invitations are extended on a rolling basis. It is strongly recommended for applicants to submit ALL application materials as early as possible to remain competitive, including the CAAPID application AND all supplemental application materials. 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to allow enough time to complete all the application steps below. Due to the amount of time required for approval between each step, it is strongly recommended applicants submit the CAPPID application at least two weeks before the application deadline. 

Once all items have been received, you will receive an email from CU Dental verifying your application is complete and will be considered for admission. Incomplete applications will not be considered after the deadline. We highly discourage applicants calling our office to find out the status of their application. 

Please note that the applicant can view whether or not their CAAPID application is complete via the CAAPID portal. If your application in CAAPID is not complete, please contact CAAPID, do not call the University of Colorado. If the applicant has received a "pay fee" email from the University of Colorado, this means that your application has been deemed eligible. Once the "pay fee" email has been sent, you should wait 2 weeks before contacting the University if you have not heard from us after completing an admission step.  All other status update questions are discouraged.