The International Dentist Advanced Placement Program (IDAPP)

The International Dentist Advanced Placement Program (IDAPP) is a special six-month preparatory program intended for graduates of non-accredited dental programs.

This gains you entry to the third year of our four-year Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program.

Our goal is to prepare you to take the examinations of the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB), which you must take to obtain certification.

IDAPP at a glance

Number of places available 24
Length of Program 6-month intensive program, then 2 years of the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

4-year non-accredited dental program

3.00 minimum grade point average (GPA)

Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent residency status in Canada

Proven English abilities


When completed, you will be eligible to take the national licensing exam to become a practicing dentist (through the National Dental Examining Board).

This will allow to you register to practice in any province in Canada.

Important dates

April 1 – July 2: you can submit an application.

October: interviews take place

January – June: intensive program runs

August: DDS begins

IDAPP courses

What you will study
Biomaterials (DPP105H1)
Dental Public Health (DPP111H1)
Biological Basis of Oral Health and Disease (DPP123H1)
Periodontics (DPP128H1)
Pharmacology (DPP132H1)
Prosthodontics (DPP138Y1)
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (DPP141H1)
Restorative Dentistry (DPP144Y1/DPP165H1)
Anaesthesia (DPP200H1)
Endodontics (DPP208H1)
Medicine (DPP219H1)
Orthodontics (DPP222H1)
Pediatric Dentistry (DPP223H1)
Oral Diagnosis and Oral Medicine (DPP356Y1)



To apply for the IDAPP, you must:

  • Have completed a minimum four-year University dental program, not recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC).
  • Have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.00 (4.00 scale) for all dental coursework.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent residency status in Canada by the July 2 application deadline. International students are not eligible to apply to this program.
  • Provide proof of your English abilities. (see how to apply)

How to apply for the IDAPP

If you meet the eligibility requirements above, you can apply by following the steps below and providing documents to the Admissions Office by July 2:

  1. Complete the online application form.
  2. Pay the non-refundable application service fee of $306 (CAD) payable to the University of Toronto. You can pay by credit card, bank draft, or money order. We do not accept personal checks or cash.
  3. Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status (photocopy only).
  4. A notarized copy of your dental school diploma, and school marks, accompanied by a notarized English translation, if applicable. These documents need to be mailed to us
  5. Sit the Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT). You must have taken the ADAT exam within three years before submitting your application.
  6. If you completed your first degree in a country where English is not the native language, you must provide proof of your English standards by completing an English proficiency test. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months of the application deadline. You must request official test scores are sent by the testing agency directly to the Admissions Office using our institution code of 0982.

We recognize the following tests



Test of English as a Foreign (TOEFL)

Paper-based Test (PBT): 600 (out of 677) with the Test of Written English (TWE) 5 (out of 6)

Internet-based Test (iBT): 100 (out of 120) with a minimum of 22 in writing.

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)

Overall score of 85.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Module

Overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0.

The Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE)

Overall score of 86, with 32 in Writing and 22 in each of the Reading and Listening sections.

Academic Preparation ESL, School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto.

Grade 'B' at the 60/Advanced level.

Getting documents to us

By email

By mail

Admissions Office
Faculty of Dentistry
124 Edward Street, Room 104
Toronto, ON M5G 1G6

By fax

+1 416 979 4944


If you are successful, we will contact you by the end September and invite you for an interview in October.

If you are not successful, we will also let you know at this time.

How we select applicants and when we will let you know

The Undergraduate Admission Committee, which reports directly to the Council of the Faculty of Dentistry, selects applicants. 

The criteria for selection are established by the Admission Committee and approved by Faculty Council. 

Final offers for admission to the IDAPP program will be made based on:

  • academic achievement
  • ADAT scores 
  • results of the interview process. 

We will let you know our final decision by email in mid-November.

You will then need to pay a $2,000 (CAD) non-refundable deposit which will be applied to your fees, providing you register for the program.

The decision of the Faculty of Dentistry concerning admission into the International Dentist Advanced Placement Program is final, no appeal mechanism exists.

How much the IDAPP costs

The below costs are approximate and in Canadian Dollars. We will confirm your fees when you are offered a place.

  • 6-month International Dentist Advanced Placement Program: $78,343 
  • Year 3 DDS: $43,000
  • Year 4 DDS: $41,000

The IDAPP program is a self-funded program. You can find out more about financial aid available on Fees and financial assistance for the Doctor of Dental Surgery.


Have questions? Contact us

+1 416 864 8113


Non-accredited programs

Countries recognised by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) are:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Ireland 
  • New Zealand 
  • USA 

If you qualified in a country not listed above, you will be considered non-accredited.

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