USC University of Southern California

How to Apply

Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists

Following are the steps you’ll need to take to apply to ASPID:

Step 1: Complete online application

The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC participates in the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID). All applications must be submitted online, directly to CAAPID. Supplemental materials are not to be sent to the Ostrow School of Dentistry.

Click here to learn more on the ADEA website.

Step 2: Submit your processing fee

Send a non-refundable application fee to the Ostrow School of Dentistry after submitting the ADEA CAAPID application.

The USC application fee is $145.00. USC will accept personal check, cashier check, or money order made payable to USC School of Dentistry. Please include your CAAPID number on the check and mail to:

USC Office of Dental Admissions
File No. 121452
Los Angeles, CA 90074-2145

Step 3: Visit the USC campus for an interview

If selected as a competitive applicant a physical interview is required. The interview includes a Practical Dental Exam, which may also include a written dental exam. The purposes of the interview are (1) to evaluate each applicant’s methods and skills (2) to determine each candidate’s artistic ability (3) to conduct a group interview evaluation session (4) and to evaluate interpersonal skills, critical thinking, and English communication ability.

All acceptances are conditional and contingent upon successful completion of all currently enrolled courses/programs, receipt of official dental transcripts, TOEFL and ADA National Dental Board Examination scores/GRE scores. All must complete a “Certification of Studies” evaluation for USC through IERF. Please visit www.ierf.org/usc for specifics on how to submit and complete the process. Failure to fulfill these responsibilities will result in this acceptance being rescinded without notice.

Step 4: Apply for your student visa

USC will assist ASPID candidates in obtaining student visas to study at the Ostrow School of Dentistry.

Once you have been officially accepted to USC, we will issue a form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility, which you must present when you apply for a visa at the U.S. consulate or embassy in your home country.

In order for an I-20 to be processed, you must present to the USC Office of Graduate and International Admissions a notarized statement documenting that you have the financial resources for your first year at USC (approximately $93,000). This document must be verified by a bank stamp or the U.S. consul.

If you wish to include a spouse and/or dependents on your visa, please attach a separate 8½ x 11-inch piece of paper to your financial statement that includes:

  • their full names
  • dates of birth
  • country of citizenship
  • country of birth
  • relationship to you

You must document in your financial statement that you have additional funds of $7,200 for a spouse and $3,600 per dependent.

Note that it is university policy to accept only those candidates who have the personal financial resources to pay for graduate study. Foreign students, with the exception of permanent residents, are typically ineligible for financial assistance through the university or U.S. banks.

Step 5: Meet health requirements

Required Health Documentation