International Students – Continue Your Dental Education Online
Earn a U.S.-based online master’s degree from Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry that’s part of the respected University of Southern California system. Our online degrees are career focused and designed to fit the way you live and learn. Study from the comfort of your own home and prepare for new opportunities. Become part of the Trojan Community today!
Applicants with foreign degrees are eligible and encouraged to apply.
What do I need to apply?
- Letter of Intent
- 3 Letters of Evaluation from peers, colleagues, or mentors
- Complete the USC CAS application
- All documents submitted as part of the application must be in English or be accompanied by certified translation to be considered official
- Pay the $90.00 application fee
- Submit official school transcripts
- Transcripts in original language of issuance: International students who have earned their degree outside the United States must check our country-specific requirements to determine if we need original-language copies of their academic records.
- TOEFL iBT (with a score of at least 20 in each section). For more information visit the TOEFL website.
Please reach out to a Herman Ostrow representative before starting your application at email@example.com to double check eligibility to apply. Certain international students already in the United States on specific visas may be ineligible.
Do I need a Visa for the online programs?
Online students may be required to come to campus in the summer. Please check your program information to see if the in-person portion is required. To visit campus for the in-person portion of the program (Bootcamp, practicums or observational visits), international students must follow additional procedures. USC requires an I-20 and student visa for campus visits. A tourist visa is not acceptable for the in-person portion of the program. A tourist visa is acceptable for graduation.
The Office of International Services (OIS), along with the Office of Graduate Admissions generates I-20’s for all international students. For more information on visa procedures, please visit the pre-arrival and new student sections of the Office of International Services. You can also contact Gina Iannelli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon acceptance, information from your application will be used for your summer I-20 student visa. Students will work with the OIS office via email for specific information needed to start the I-20 process.
The student visa process varies according to the country in which you reside and/or in whose US Embassy you apply for your visa. It is a good idea to find out what the US student visa application process is in the country where you are applying for the visa interview.
All international students, including Canadians, must complete the PPV (Passport Verification).
Below is a checklist to complete your PPV:
- The New International Student Scholar Information Form
- Your passport
- I-94 Admissions Stamp
- Arrival in the United States
Housing is available for our students during the summer months. Availability changes throughout the year depending on demand. For this reason, please contact Paul Frellick at email@example.com for specific information regarding housing options.
If your program requires you to visit campus for the in-person portion of the program (Bootcamp, practicums or observational visits), you will need to submit the following health documents:
- Results of a physical examination
- Entrance Medical Requirements form
- Health insurance
- Immunizations and Screenings
Please note, the Pain Medicine and Pain Science programs do not require campus visits. Students enrolled in Pain Medicine are not required to submit health documentation.
Federal regulations, known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy law, generally prohibit the use and disclosure of health information without written permission from the patient. For more information on HIPAA, visit the USC Office of Compliance.