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School of Dental Medicine

Dental International Student Program

The Dental International Student (DIS) Program at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine began in 1956 to provide foreign-trained dentists with the education and experience required to practice dentistry in America. The program comprises five semesters (two years and three months) of coursework and clinical experience, including innovative courses in implantology and geriatric dentistry. Upon completion of the program students receive a D.M.D. degree and are eligible for licensure to practice dentistry in the United States of America.


The D.M.D. curriculum at Tufts is designed to educate dentists who are prepared to practice in a constantly evolving profession. Dental International students participate in nearly all phases of the third and fourth year dental curriculum, including geriatric dentistry, implantology, craniomandibular and TMD pain management, nutrition and preventative dentistry, and dentistry for the handicapped.

Exemptions: Students will be exempt from taking courses in the subjects covered by the National Dental Board Examination, Part I, which are: Gross Anatomy and Neuroanatomy; Embryology; Biochemistry; Physiology; Microbiology and Cariology; General Pathology and Systems Pathology; Immunology; Oral Histology; and Dental Anatomy. Exemptions may be granted for subjects tested on the National Board Dental Examination, Part II.


Year One: Preclinical Sciences

Complete Dentures, Fixed Prosthodontics, Endodontics, Operative Dentistry, Orthodontics, Removable Partial Dentures, Intro to Clinical Experience

Year Two: Dental Sciences

Occlusion II, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, Medicine III Seminar, Implant Dentistry

Year Three: Clinical Sciences

Complete Dentures, Endodontics, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontology, Preventive Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Prosthodontic and Operative Dentistry

Graduation Dates and Requirements

Students are expected to attend all lectures, perform all required clinical work, and pass all written, oral, and practical examinations. It is mandatory that students maintain high ethical standards and pay all bills by the due dates. Failure to do so constitutes grounds for dismissal from the program. Assuming satisfactory academic process, students who matriculate in January are scheduled to graduate in May. Before Tufts grants the D.M.D. degree, the Executive Faculty of the School of Dental Medicine recommends students for the degree to the Trustees of Tufts College, who have the sole right to award academic degrees.

Honors and Awards

Academic Honors

International students who place in the top 10% of the class and whose professionalism and character are judged exemplary by the school’s Executive Faculty will be eligible for honors.

Summa Cum Laude: Overall average of 93 with no grade less than 80.

Magna Cum Laude: Overall average of 91 with no grade less than 77.

Cum Laude: Overall average of 87 with no grade less than 72.


The following awards are presented to graduating Dental International students who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments as Tufts dental students:

International College of Dentists

Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Award