USC University of Southern California

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Frequently Asked Questions

Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists (ASPID)

How many students do you accept into ASPID?

We accept 34 students into ASPID each year.

I applied last year. Can you reactivate my application?

You must reapply online through the Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID). Supplemental documents not required unless requested.

If I’m a U.S. citizen, do I still need to take the TOEFL?

Only non-U.S. citizens and those without permanent resident status must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

What if my TOEFL score is lower than what you are asking for?

Non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent U.S. residents must also provide TOEFL scores. While TOEFL scores below 100 are considered, scores 100 and above are preferred.

May I mail my application?

You must complete your CAAPID application online. If you have questions or technical difficulties, contact us at (213) 740-2851 or

May I send notarized copies of my application materials rather than originals?

Supplemental application materials are requested upon acceptance. Please do not send supplemental materials or documents unless you are notified.

We can accept notarized copies of:

  • Proof of dental license from a Ministry of Health or proper governing body
  • Transcripts/mark sheets
  • Dental degree diploma

The following must be official/originals:

  • TOEFL results, which must be sent by Educational Testing Service (ETS) directly to USC (USC Graduate School’s TOEFL code is 4852; department code 00)
  • National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) score report
  • Course-by-Course Evaluation from World Education Service (WES)

What should I write about for my personal statement?

No specific criteria are required for the personal statement. Simply tell us why you’re applying to the ASPID program. Instructions are included in the CAAPID application.

When will admissions interviews be held?

We hold admissions interviews in October. If you are selected for an interview, we will send you further details.

As an international student, is financial aid available?

International students can learn more about financial aid options here.

I sent my World Education Services course-by-course evaluation to the Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists. Do I need to send them to the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC as well?

No. We will evaluate the WES or ECE from your CAAPID application.