USC University of Southern California

Admission Requirements

Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists

Applicants must have earned a foreign Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), or equivalent degree to be admitted to the Ostrow School’s Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists (ASPID).

Invited applicants will be tested on a short practical examination in fixed prosthodontics and operative dentistry, which may also include a written dental exam. We will evaluate each applicant’s methods, skills, and artistic ability.

Applicants also will be evaluated on their interpersonal skills, critical thinking, and English-language communication ability. Applicants will have the opportunity to participate in a mock problem-based learning (PBL) case, a method central to the school’s curriculum.

Candidates who are not U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents will be required to obtain a student visa to study at the Ostrow School, and must demonstrate the availability of the personal financial resources to pay for graduate study.

All students admitted to the Ostrow School must meet certain health requirements.