International Dentist Degree Program

Program Description

The College of Dentistry offers a program of study for dentists who were trained outside the United States of America and Canada and who wish to practice dentistry within the United States. Upon the successful completion of the program the participant is awarded a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree.

Each year the College accepts up to 40 IDDP candidates into this intense two-year program. Learn more about the current class profile

COD has transformed the DDS degree program into a DMD degree program in order to graduate oral health professionals with strong competencies in health promotion and disease prevention, diagnosis, evidence-based practice, communication, collaboration, and community engagement.

Case-Based Curriculum The DMD features small group learning that is interdisciplinary in nature and prompted through the use of clinical case studies developed by a team of COD faculty. These case scenarios place all learning in the context of a patient problem/concern and emphasize the relationship between systemic and oral diseases, health and prevention, family and community context, disease diagnosis and evidence based practice.

Small Group learning A central feature of the DMD curriculum is small group discussions. In addition to acquiring content knowledge, the goals of SGL are:

  • to develop students’ capacity to find and apply information relevant to clinical cases,
  • to foster critical thinking and higher-order reasoning skills,
  • to promote accurate self-assessment and a sense of responsibility for one’s own learning, and
  • to build effective communication skills and, collaboration skills.

To advance these goals, small group discussions must be skillfully facilitated to ensure that discussions remain on target. Our trained facilitators ensure that specified learning objectives are achieved and that the group dynamics are healthy and productive for all members of the group.

Tuition & Fees

Please visit UIC's tuition and fees page for current tuition rates for the IDDP program. Please note that annual increases in tuition should be expected. Information about how to fund your education can be found at the UIC Office of Financial Aid.

Contact Us

Please review the IDDP admissions website in its entirety.

If you have questions regarding the International Dentist Degree Program, please contact:

Braulia EspinosaAssistant Director of Admissions


Carolyn Feller, Assistant Director of Admissions



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Tours for Prospective IDDP Students

Interested in taking a tour of the UIC College of Dentistry? The Office of Student and Diversity Affairs will conduct tours for interested prospective students on the following dates:  


  • Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
  • Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
  • Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
  • Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
  • Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Tours begin at 12:30 sharp and last about an hour. There will be a group question & answer session from 1:30 to 2 with an admissions counselor. Due to limited space, walking tours of the college are for college-level students only. Please be aware that this tour is not appropriate for high school age students or children.









  • Reservations are required and you must register in advance. Information on how to get to the College of Dentistry is available on our directions page. It is suggested that you use the Paulina Street Parking Structure for your visit. Please note that we do not validate parking for tours. Please visit Room 104 on the day of the tour to sign in.