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Are AEGD programs a good fit for International Dentists?

Most International Dentists who call on us, assume at first, that CAAPID is only way which they could secure licensure to practice in the US as a dentist.

Not true!

The Advanced Standing Programs (commonly referred to as the CAAPID process) that offer a DDS or DMD degree are only one among six potential pathways to get a license in the US.

A postdoctoral program (aka “residency”) is probably the second most popular route opted by International Dentists to eventually here practice in America. Among all the residencies out there, the AEGD has been particularly attractive for those who are foreign trained.

But why?

Here’s a brief summary -

  • Similar application process to CAAPID and PASS AEGD
  • Similar evaluation steps between CAAPID and PASS AEGD
  • Shorter duration: AEGD programs are typically shorter by a year than Advanced Standing programs offered through CAAPID. The 2nd year in AEGD programs is usually on an opt-in basis
  • Academic exposure: AEGD program, arguably, in some schools provide access to the same faculty and clinical resources as the Advanced Standing Programs
  • Job flexibility: Access to similar job opportunities in the state where your school is. If you wanted to move states for work, AEGD programs aren’t a good option
  • Lower cost! Dental programs fees don’t follow any linear regression and clearly no knows why an AEGD program is on average 60% lower than the CAAPID program fees at the same schools

I probably know what your thinking right now! Howcome so many things are in favor of the AEGD program, and yet most International Applicants continue to apply to CAAPID ones

Before I share that, let me quickly clarify the alphabet soup if you’re unfamiliar -

CAAPID (Common Application for International Dentists) is a portal through any dentists who completed their dental education in a country outside the US can apply to come here. These dentists get referred to by different names like “foreign-trained dentists”, “international dentist”, “immigrant dentist” etc. The program that you can apply to through CAAPID is either called an International Dental Program (IDP) or an Advanced Standing Program (ASP), both of which give you direct access to the final 2 years of American DDS/DMD programs. The DDS (Doctor or Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor od Dental Medicine) are degress you are conferred when you finish four years of dental school in the US, and become elgible to start practicing. The PASS portal is analogous to CAAPID, but offers access to all of America’s dental residency programs, AEGD being one among them. When you complete AEGD you are issued a certificate as opposed to a degree.

Hopefully, that helps you get the full context of what we’re discussing here.

Now, onto the key differences -

  • An AEGD offers a certificate as opposed to an IDP program that offers a degree
  • If you have the right immigration status to start a practice, then securing a health professional loan would be harder with an AEGD certificate
  • AEGD programs sometimes have an optional second year, as compared to more rigid durations in an IDP program
  • AEGD programs limit your geographic flexibility in finding a job. Let’s discuss this last point in great detail in our next paragraph

Why is the restrictive job covenant an important consideration for international dentists?

The vast majority of International Dentists graduating on an AEGD program, complete the course on a visa (i.e. F1 or J1 visa). U.S. employers, especially private practice owners tend to prefer students who do not required visa sponsorship for work authorization, given the extra paperwork and legal fees involved. International dentists are then limited to remote opportunities away from urban centers, and within clinics run by FQHCs and DSO-like corporate chains.

A limited dental license is given to dentists who are acquired by certain states to provide work authorization for those who take up teaching roles or work at Government run dental facilities. While this the license is restrictive in terms of where it lets you practice both intitutionally and geographically, it is great for those looking for job-security and lowered student loan burden.

As of 2023, there are twelve states that specify the training requirements a dentist must complete to get a license there and allow you to obtain one immediately after a residency program. This means licensure is NOT granted through reciprocity in these states. Those states are listed below -

The states categorize their licensure process through either of two paths - initial licensure or speciality licensure. After completing the program requirements, you may be eligible to apply for licensure at a subset of these 12 states.

Even though you start working on one state, you could apply to work in a different U.S. state after 3 to 5 years. This process is called reciprocity, or is simple terms the understanding that clinical competence demonstrated in one states reciprocally proves your ability work in a new one. You will have to study each states’ reciprocal laws to confirm what works for you.

List of programs offering an AEGD, arranged by state (Source)

You’ll note that the vast majority of programs are offered by just one institutions and are prevalent across states - NYU Langone. Here is a map indicating NYU’s AEGD presence

State University and Program City
Alaska NYU Langone Dental Medicine
  • 328337 - AEGD-1 YR - SEARHC
Arizona NYU Langone Dental Medicine
  • 345837 - AEGD-1 YR - North Country CHC
  • 331237 - AEGD-1 YR - ASDOH
  • 337637 - AEGD-1 YR - St. Vincent De Paul
  • 342737 - AEGD-1 YR - Pascua Yaqui Tribal Health Center
  • 324237 - AEGD-1 YR - El Rio Health Center
  • 331337 - AEGD-1 YR - Indian Health Service
  • Flagstaff
  • Mesa
  • Phoenix
  • Tucson
  • Winslow
California NYU Langone Dental Medicine - Half Moon Bay, CA
  • 332437 - AEGD-1 YR - Sonrisas HC
  • 337937 - AEGD-1 YR - Shingle Springs Wellness Center
  • 338137 - AEGD-1 YR - We Care
  • 332137 - AEGD-1 YR - Shasta CHC
  • 344937 - AEGD-1 YR - Elica Health Centers
  • 334737 - AEGD-1 YR - La Maestra CHC
  • 332237 - AEGD-1 YR - Native American Health Center
  • 333337 - AEGD-1 YR - UCSF Campus
  • 332337 - AEGD-1 YR - Santa Barbara Neighborhood HC
  • 332537 - AEGD-1 YR - Gardner FHC
  • 345037 - AEGD-1 YR - Dientes CHC
  • 337537 - AEGD-1 YR - Family Health Network
V.A. Long Beach/Tibor Rubin V.A. Medical Center
  • 336437 - AEGD-1 YR
UCLA - Westwood
  • 326537 - AEGD-1 YR
University of The Pacific
  • 329239 - AEGD-1 YR - Union City
UCLA Venice Dental Center
  • 324937 - AEGD-1 YR
  • Half Moon Bay
  • Westwood
  • Placerville
  • Rancho Mirage
  • Redding
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Cruz
  • Venice
  • Visalia
Colorado NYU Langone Dental Medicine - Brighton, CO
  • 342637 - AEGD-1 YR - Salud FHC
Connecticut University of Connecticut Health Center
  • 329037 - AEGD-1 YR
D.C Howard University
  • 325737 - AEGD-1 YR
Florida NYU Langone Dental Medicine - Bradenton, FL
  • 339637 - AEGD-1 YR - LECOM
  • 333437 - AEGD-1 YR - FHC of SW Florida
  • 338237 - AEGD-1 YR - HCN of SW Florida
  • 334337 - AEGD-1 YR - Jessie Trice CHC
  • 338337 - AEGD-1 YR - Tampa FHC
  • Brandenton
  • Naples
  • Immokalee
  • Miami
  • Tampa
Georgia NYU Langone Dental Med-Good Samaritan-Atlanta, GA
  • 343237 - AEGD-1 YR - Good Samaritan
NYU Langone Dental Medicine - Grady - Atlanta, GA
  • 335537 - AEGD-1 YR - Grady Health System
Hawaii NYU Langone Dental Medicine
  • 324037 - AEGD-1 YR - Kokua Kalihi Valley CHC
  • 341837 - AEGD-1 YR - Waikiki HC
  • 339537 - AEGD-1 YR - Hawaii Island CHC
  • 339437 - AEGD-1 YR - CHC of Maui
  • 339237 - AEGD-1 YR - Waimanalo HC
  • Kokua Kalihi
  • Waikiki, Honlulu
  • Keaau
  • Maui
  • Waimanalo
Iowa NYU Langone Dental Medicine
  • 345237 - AEGD-1 YR - Crescent CHC
  • Dubuque
Kentucky NYU Langone Dental Medicine
  • 338437 - AEGD-1 YR - Lee Specialty Clinic
  • Louisville
Louisiana NYU Langone Dental Medicine
  • 345137 - AEGD-1 YR - EXCELth, Inc.
New Orleans
Maryland NYU Langone Dental Medicine - Baltimore, MD
  • 336737 - AEGD-1 YR - Chase Brexton CHC
  • 327837 - AEGD-1 YR - Choptank CHC
  • Baltimore
  • Federalsburg
Massachusetts NYU Langone Dental Medicine - Cape Cod, MA
  • 337237 - AEGD-1 YR - Harbor Health
  • 337337 - AEGD-1 YR - Holyoke HC
  • 331537 - AEGD-1 YR - Community Health Connections
NYU Langone - FHC of Worcester - Worcester, MA
  • 342037 - AEGD-1 YR - FHC of Worcester
NYU Langone Dental Medicine-Kennedy-Worcester, MA
  • 342137 - AEGD-1 YR - Edward Kennedy FHC
  • Cape Cod
  • Chicopee
  • Fitchburg
  • Worcester
Michigan NYU Langone Dental Medicine - Flint, MI
  • 333537 - AEGD-1 YR - Hamilton CHC
  • 329337 - AEGD-1 YR - Center for Family Services
  • Flint
  • Jackson
Minnesota NYU Langone Dental Medicine - Minneapolis, MN
  • 341637 - AEGD-1 YR - Apple Tree Dental
Regions Hospital
  • 344537 - AEGD-1 YR
Mississippi University of Mississippi
  • 325137 - AEGD-1 YR
Missouri NYU Langone Dental Medicine - Springfield, MO
  • 339737 - AEGD-1 YR - Jordan Valley CHC
Montana NYU Langone Dental Med - Riverstone - Billings, MT
  • 333637 - AEGD-1 YR - Riverstone Health
Nevada NYU Langone Dental Medicine - Henderson, NV
  • 342837 - AEGD-1 YR - Roseman U. Health Science CODM Campus
New Jersey NYU Langone Dental Medicine - Dover, NJ
  • 338537 - AEGD-1 YR - Zufall HC
New Mexico The University of New Mexico
  • 323637 - AEGD-1 YR
NYU Langone Dental Medicine - Santa Fe, NM
  • 340737 - AEGD-1 YR - La Familia MC
New York Veterans Affairs Medical Center - Albany
  • 331637 - AEGD-1 YR
State University of New York at Buffalo
  • 326837 - AEGD-1 YR
Veterans Admin Medical Center - Buffalo
  • 330637 - AEGD-1 YR
Columbia University
  • 327037 - AEGD-1 YR - US or Canadian Trained
Eastman Institute for Oral Health UR
  • 327637 - AEGD-1 YR
NYU Langone Dental Medicine
  • 342337 - AEGD-1 YR - Shatkin Dental
  • 324437 - AEGD-1 YR - Hometown HC
  • 343937 - AEGD-1 YR - Refuah, HC
  • 341137 - AEGD-1 YR - Harlem United
  • 328712 - AEGD-1 YR - FHC of NYU Langone Sunset Terrace
  • 328739 - AEGD-1 YR-FHC of NYU Langone 7th Avenue & Flatbush
VA Hudson Valley Health Care System-Castle Point
  • 324837 - AEGD-1 YR
  • Schenectady
  • Spring Valley
  • Harlem City
  • Buffalo
  • Brooklyn
North Carolina NYU Langone Dental Medicine
  • 338637 - AEGD-1 YR - Green County HC
  • Greenville
Ohio NYU Langone Dental Medicine
  • 338837 - AEGD-1 YR - Family Health of Darke County
  • Greenville
Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania
  • 345437 - AEGD-1 YR
NYU Langone Dental Medicine
  • 344437 - AEGD-1 YR - The Wright Center
  • Scranton
  • Philadelphia
Puerto Rico NYU Langone Dental Medicine
  • 331937 - AEGD-1 YR - Puerto Rico
  • San Juan
South Carolina Medical University of South Carolina
  • 333137 - AEGD-1 YR
Tennessee NYU Langone Dental Medicine
  • 328137 - AEGD-1 YR - Christ CHC
  • 332737 - AEGD-1 YR - Interfaith Dental Center
  • Memphis
  • Nashville
Texas University of Texas School of Dentistry
  • 326037 - AEGD-1 YR
NYU Langone Dental Medicine
  • 333737 - AEGD-1 YR - Heart of Texas CHC
  • Houston
  • Waco
US Virgin Islands NYU Langone Dental Medicine - St. Croix, USVI
  • 335637 - AEGD-1 YR - Frederiksted HC
Utah NYU Langone Dental Medicine - South Jordan, UT
  • 341337 - AEGD-1 YR - Roseman U. Health Science CODM Campus
Washington NYU Langone Dental Medcine
  • 344237 - AEGD-1 YR - Peninsula CHS
  • 333837 - AEGD-1 YR - Columbia Basin Health Association
  • 332837 - AEGD-1 YR - Neighborcare HC
  • 335937 - AEGD-1 YR - Community Health Care
  • 335837 - AEGD-1 YR - Health Point
  • 343637 - AEGD-1 YR - Valley Health Systems
  • Bremerton
  • Othello
  • Seattle
  • Tacoma
  • Tukwila
  • Huntington

What must you hope to learn in an AEGD program

This quadrants outline the typical curriculum arc of an AEGD program. At the outset, you will develop expertise in your clinical and patient management skills through -

  • Providing services directly for specialized unmet needs
  • Work in multidisciplinary and both preventative/emergency settings
  • Focus on health promotion and disease preventions


Clinical Competence Interdisciplinary Care Evidence-based care Community Engagement

You will treat a range of patients' needs, including restorative, endodontics, removable prosthodontics, fixed prosthodontics, implants, oral surgery and periodontics.

You will also treat both complex and patients with special healthcare needs

You will successfully work with physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, to coordinate patient centered care

You will further coordinate with social workers and behavioral health specialists at affiliated community health centers

You will critically evaluate dental and medical literature and apply evidence-based care in clinical activities

You will inculcate a high standard for professional ethics and cultural humility/competence in clinical activities

You will work with health center staff and community members to plan, develop and implement service activities that are appropriate and relevant to community needs

You will need to adapt to the cultural context and sensitives of the local population

Why should foreign-trained dentists study AEGD

  • American Lens: You will begin visualizing and training in nuanced ways American institutions provide comprehensive care, including how they use data to develop a sound diagnosis, then plan treatment before delivering it
  • Consumer perspective: You will earn first hand expsosure into the clinical, social and behavioral needs of patients. Insurance coverage often complicates how patients needs get presented and providers are constrained in the range of treatment options they can use
  • Amp us exposure: You can definitely expect a knowledge update on ambulatory technology, workflow software, diagnostic AI, dental materials, and implant workflow. Multidisciplinary and hospital based dental care operates with very different constratints than traditional dental clinics can’t expose you to
  • Bridge course: Becasue of the massive availability in options, an AEGD program can be a low friction entry-point into US dentistry, and you could use that first step and credibility to then apply to a formal residency (like endodontics or pediatric dentistry)

Application Instructions for International Dentists

Dentists who hold a BDS, DMD or DDS from an foreign dental school can apply for AEGD programs in the US. Most foreign dental schools are not CODA certified, but having your degree from a CODA certified school can open up more program opportunities for you

  • Apply through the ADEA PASS Program, and submit a non-refundable application fee
  • Must submit supplemental answers often directly with schools
  • Non-Match. You will be notified if you’ve been admitted directly by the school
  • Sometimes a 2-yr AEGD program comes attached with an MS in Oral Sciences
  • Submit required documents including Official Transcripts, TOEFL score, INBDE exam results, ECE or WES GPA, Letters of Evaluation, Resume and Personal Statement, proof of home-country dental license and passport picture
  • Some AEGD programs may require additional supporting materials such as a criminal background check, immunization records, or a health statement

There are three adiitional considerations for foreign-trained dentists when applying to AEGD

Visa Options

If you do not have a Permanent Resident Status or US Citizenship, you probably will have to choose amongst one of the following three visa options -

  1. F-1 Student Visa: You would be one among 82% of students applying to AEGD programs with this visa. It allows the student to stay in the U.S. for the duration of the program, and allows you to work on-campus for up to 20 hours per week.
  2. J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa: This visa for students participating in educational and cultural exchange programs, including research and training programs such as AEGD.
    • The complication is that the J-1 mandates that you return to your home country for at least two years after completing your program.
    • There are some workarounds as mentioned here in the USCIS site, which you can use to apply for a waiver to their mandatory foreign rotation
  3. H4 Visa: If your spouse is on a H1B visa, then you may be eligible to study on a dependent visa. This might be a little risky if your spouse’s H1B re-election cycle comes mid-way between your program or before you’ve applied and secured a job

Program Fees

According to the ADA, the average tuition and fees for a one-year AEGD program in the 2020-2021 academic year was $57,723 for residents and $85,230 for non-residents . The typical program for foreign-trained dentists ranges between $20k and $100k for only tuition and other academic expenses.

If you live on student budgets, you should be able to manage living on a budget of $1500 - $2500 per month depending on which city your program is based in. Students loans aren’t cheap with Federal Interest rates rising, and until there is another quantitative easing, you might want to spend less.


Out of 87 institutions offering an AEGD program each, we have about 939 total seats available according to ADA from statistics published after the academic year 2021-2022. Here is the racial and demographic split.

Assuming that most international applicants identify as either Asian or Hispanic, we see that they could represent more than 40% of the pool of totally admitted students. The competition to get into AEGD programs comes from both other foreign trained dentists and local students who’ve completed a DMD or DDS degree equivalent.

White Black Hispanic or Latino Other Asian 2 or more races Non-resident alien Unknown
Female (505) 193 38 123 3 84 16 4 6
Male (404) 240 20 60 2 123 13 8 3
Other (4) 1 1 2

*Other - American Indian, Alaskan Native, Pacificic Islander or Hawaiin

AEGD programs received 7, 645 applications in total during the academic year 2021-2022. NYU Langone Group of Hospitals received about 930 applications (for its XXX satellite programs) followed by 300 applications received by San Antonio Veteran’s Medical Center. On average 6% of applicants were admitted into the schools they applied, and each dentist applied to 11 programs on average.

Here are detailed statistics on applicants and admits by each program and state

State Dental School or Institution Program Length Applications 1st Year 2nd Year
AL University of Alabama School of Dentistry at UAB 12 16 2 -
AL Veterans Affairs Medical Center/Birmingham 12 60 4 -
AR Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks - Dental Service 12 9 1 -
CA 1st Dental Battalion/Camp Pendleton-Dental Center 12 5 5 -
CA 60th Medical Group/Travis AFB 12 72 6 -
CA Naval Dental Center/Hospital - San Diego 12 7 7 -
CA Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center 12 200 4 -
CA UCLA Dental Center at Venice 12 118 6 -
CA University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry 12 118 6 -
CA University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry 12 80 7 -
CO 10th Medical Group/SGFL/USAF Academy 12 72 6 -
CO US Army Dental Activity/Ft Carson 12 8 8 -
CT University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine 12 330 18 10
DC Howard University College of Dentistry 12 43 4 -
FL 96th Medical Group/SGD/Eglin AFB 12 72 8 -
FL Dade Cnty Dental Res Clinic/ Florida Inst for Adv Dental Ed 12 105 6 11
FL Larkin Community Hospital 12 89 2 16
FL Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine 12 161 6 5
FL University of Florida College of Dentistry/Hialeah 24 246 12 12
FL University of Florida College of Dentistry/Seminole 12 150 11 -
FL Veterans Affairs Medical Center/Bay Pines 12 67 3 -
FL Veterans Affairs Medical Center/Miami 12 51 4 -
FL Veterans Affairs Medical Center/Orlando Dental Service 12 80 2 -
GA The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University 12 63 4 -
GA US Army Dental Activity/Ft Benning 12 80 8 -
GA Veterans Affairs Medical Center - Augusta 12 60 4 -
HI US Army Dental Activity/Tripler 24 35 4 4
ID Idaho State University Kasiska Division of Health Sciences 12 65 8 -
IL Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center - Dental 12 6 6 -
IL Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine 12 24 6 -
KS Wichita State University 12 26 6 -
KY US Army Dental Activity/Ft. Campbell 12 84 8 -
LA 2nd Medical Group/Barksdale AFB - Dental Squadron 12 72 4 -
ME Penobscot Community Health Care - Dental Service 12 65 4 -
ME Veterans Affairs Medical Center Togus Dental Service 12 37 2 -
MD 316th Dental Squadron/Joint Base Andrews AFB 12 76 8 -
MD Naval Medical Leader and Professional Development Command 12 58 2 -
MD Naval Medical Leader and Professional Development Command 24 16 8 6
MD University of Maryland School of Dentistry 12 207 6 -
MD University of Maryland School of Dentistry 24 207 2 1
MA Tufts University School of Dental Medicine 12 114 10 -
MI University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry 12 54 6 -
MS 81st Medical Group/DS/SGDDT/Keesler AFB 12 72 6 -
MS University of Mississippi School of Dentistry 12 5 4 -
MO University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry 12 13 3 -
NE 55th Dental Squadron/SGD/Offutt AFB 12 72 6 -
NE University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry 12 30 6 -
NV 99th Medical Group, Nellis AFB 12 72 8 -
NM University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center 12 59 9 1
NY Columbia University College of Dental Medicine 12 214 21 7
NY Hudson Valley VA Health Care System 12 26 2 -
NY NYU Langone Hospitals 12 930 222 13
NY University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine 12 80 8 1
NY University of Rochester Eastman Institute for Oral Health 12 65 11 1
NY University of Rochester Eastman Institute for Oral Health 24 202 19 15
NY VA Western New York Healthcare System - Dental Department 12 25 4 -
NY Veterans Affairs Medical Center/Stratton 12 19 1 2
NC 2nd Dental Battalion Naval Dental Clinic/Le jeune 12 58 4 -
NC East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine 12 98 21 -
NC US Army Dental Activity/Fort Bragg 24 28 7 6
NC University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry 12 52 2 -
NC Veterans Affairs Medical Center/Fayetteville 12 20 5 -
OH 88th Dental Squadron/SGD/Wright-Patterson AFB 12 72 6 -
OH Case Western Reserve Univ. School of Dental Medicine 12 28 4 -
OH St. Vincent Charity Medical Center/Cleveland Dental Institute 24 80 12 8
OH University of Cincinnati Medical Center - Dental Center 12 - - -
OH Veterans Affairs Medical Center/Dayton 12 35 4 -
OK US Army Dental Activity/Fort Sill 12 8 8 -
OK University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry 12 34 6 1
PA Temple University The Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry 12 165 6 2
RI Veterans Affairs Medical Center/Providence Dental Service 12 67 3 -
SC Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine 12 60 5 -
SC US Army Dental Activity/Ft Jackson 12 8 8 -
TN University of Tennessee Health Science Center 12 76 7 -
TX Central Texas Veterans Health Care System-Dental Service 12 48 3 -
TX Fort Bliss Dental Health Activity 12 80 4 -
TX Texas A&M University College of Dentistry 12 69 8 -
TX US Army Dental Activity/Ft Hood 24 30 8 8
TX UT Health Science Center at Houston 12 210 7 -
TX UT Health Science Center at San Antonio 12 288 12 7
TX Veterans Affairs Medical Center/San Antonio 12 300 7 -
TX Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center-59th Medical Wing (WHASC) 24 9 8 8
VA 633 MDG/DS/SGDR Joint Base Langley-Eustis 12 80 8 -
VA Johnston Memorial Hospital 12 72 12 -
VA Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Unit, Norfolk 12 6 6 -
VA Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry 12 106 5 -
WA US Army Dental Activity-Joint Base Lewis-McChord/Madigan Army Med Ctr 12 85 8 -
WA Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic/Northwest Dental Residency 12 35 5 -
WV Veterans Affairs Medical Center-Martinsburg 12 15 2 -
WI Marquette University School of Dentistry 12 - - -
WI Zablocki VA Great Lakes/Milwaukee 12 21 5 1

International Student Admissions Standards

Visa Requirements

Generally speaking, international students who are accepted into an AEGD program will need to obtain a non-immigrant visa to enter and study in the United States. Here are some of the most common visa types for international students:

  • F-1 Student Visa: This is the most common type of visa for international students pursuing full-time academic programs in the United States. It allows the student to stay in the U.S. for the duration of their program and offers the option to work on campus for up to 20 hours per week.
  • J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa: This visa is designed for students participating in educational and cultural exchange programs, including research and training programs such as AEGD. The J-1 visa requires that the student return to their home country for at least two years after completing their program.
  • H-1B Visa: This visa is for foreign workers in specialty occupations and may be an option for international dentists who have completed their AEGD program and wish to work in the U.S.
It is important for international students to consult with the school they plan to attend and the U.S. Department of State to determine which visa is best suited to their needs and circumstances.

English Proficiency

International students requiring visa sponsorship from the Office of International Services (OIS) must demonstrate English proficiency. Proficiency is most often verified through the TOEFL or IELTS English Language Proficiency tests. For students whose native language is English, the TOEFL requirement may be waived.

Financial Responsibility

International students who require visa sponsorship must ensure they have sufficient funding to cover the cost of the program and living expenses while in Baltimore. Financial responsibility may be proven by a variety of methods. These include the following:

  • Personal or family funds
  • Government or international organization sponsorship

The documentation must state the name of the person or organization that will sponsor the student and specify the amount of financial support provided to the student.

If using personal or family funds, a bank statement from within the past six months must be provided. Additionally, if the applicant is receiving financial support from a friend or family member, that person must also write a letter specifying the exact amount of funding he or she will provide during the program.

The expenses of a married student are considerably more than that of a single student. In addition to funds for his or her own expenses, the married student must show an additional $5,000 per year for each dependent. A dependent is classified as a spouse and/or children under the age of 21. Prior to processing visa paperwork, the OIS requires evidence of the minimum financial support amount committed to the applicant's education.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance is required for all University of Maryland students. The applicant must prove that he or she has coverage equivalent to the University of Maryland’s minimum requirements, or purchase the policy offered by the University of Maryland to all students.