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International Dental Student Exchange Program

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

After careful consideration of the ongoing spread of COVID-19 overseas and in the United States, the University of Pennsylvania has decided to limit University-related travel internationally.

As a result of this decision, Penn Dental Medicine is suspending the Student Exchange Programs until further notice.

If you have immediate questions please email

Thank you for your understanding.

Updated: January 3, 2022

The School of Dental Medicine provides exchange opportunities for international students who wish to broaden their understanding of the practice of dentistry in the United States. The goal of these programs is to produce future leaders in oral health who are prepared to interact globally. The objectives are:

  • To expand students’ knowledge base in oral health programs and health care systems of other countries.
  • To develop an international perspective and approach to dental education and clinical practice.
  • To cultivate intercultural competencies and sensitivity to other cultures among students, faculty and staff.
  • To compare and contrast dental education and practice in the US with those of other countries.

International students spend 1-2 weeks at Penn Dental Medicine attending selected classes and observing various clinical operations. In order for students to participate, please download the “In Good Standing Form(PDF) and have your Dean or Faculty in charge of student electives, review and sign the form prior to completing the International Student Shadowing Application. Any questions should be directed to the Office of Global Affairs at

Once you receive approval of your visiting dates from the Office of Global Affairs, each student must submit the Waiver for Visitors Observing in Clinical Areas (PDF) and all required copies of immunizations here. Please note: Under “Which program would you like to participate in?” please select “International Student Program”. Under “Clinic Selection” please leave blank.

Failure to submit all required documentation mandated by the waiver application may delay the start of your observation.

For any questions/concerns, please email:
*We are currently experiencing high volumes of inquiry, we will respond within 2 business days.

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