The School of Dental Medicine provides exchange opportunities for international students from schools with which Penn Dental Medicine has an active memorandum of understanding (MOU). Participants in this program broaden their understanding of the practice of dentistry in the United States, with the goal of producing 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.
|AMC Dental College
|Buenos Aires University
|Central Asian University
|China Medical University
|Chung Shan Medical University
|East Meets West Foundation
|Egas Moniz School of Health and Science
|Fiji School of Medicine
|Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
|Jagiellonian University Medical College
|Kaohsiung Medical College
|Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
|Mohammed VI University of Health Sciences
|National Taiwan University
|Prince of Songkla University
|Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM)
|Saveetha Dental College
|Seoul National University
|Sun Yat-sen University
|Taipei Medical University
|Tel Aviv University
|The Hebrew University
|Tokyo Medical and Dental University
|Universidad De Los Andes
|Universidad El Bosque
|University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
|University of Bergen
|University of Bern
|University of Chile
|University of Ghana Dental School
|University of Hong Kong
|University of Kinshasa
|Democratic Republic of the Congo
|University of Szeged
|University of Witwatersrand
Please be advised that the international exchange program is limited to students from the schools noted above with which Penn Dental Medicine has an active memorandum of understanding (list is dynamic as new agreements are signed).
For institutions not listed, which are interested in establishing memorandum of understanding with Penn Dental Medicine, please contact the Assistant Dean of Intramural and Extramural Partnerships, Dr. Bruce Brandolin, at email@example.com
Applying to the Program
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 PDMExchangeStudent@dental.upenn.edu.
Once you receive approval of your visiting dates, each student must submit the following:
- Clinic Visitor Waiver Packet Please note: Under “Which program would you like to participate in?” please select “International Student Program”. Under “Clinic Selection” please leave blank.
- Once you have completed the Clinic Visitor Waiver Packet and have all required copies of immunizations, please submit here.
Failure to submit all required documentation mandated by the waiver application may delay the start of your observation.
Connecting the World with Dental Education
Penn Dental Medicine connects the world with dental education through coursera. To learn more:
- Introduction to Dental Medicine (https://www.coursera.org/learn/dental-medicine-penn)
- The Oral Cavity: Portal to Health and Disease (https://www.coursera.org/learn/oralcavity)
- Frontiers in Dentistry (https://www.coursera.org/learn/frontiers-in-dentistry)
For any questions/concerns, please email: PDMExchangeStudent@dental.upenn.edu.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic exchange visitors must comply with the following guidelines:
- Up to date COVID-19 vaccination status i.e., fully vaccinated including booster when eligible. The following vaccines are accepted by UPenn:
- Johnson & Johnson/Janssen
- Masks are required only in patient treatment areas i.e., in clinics. Masking in other non-clinical areas is optional. Wearing respirators (N95 or other approved equivalents) during patient care is optional.
Updated: May 31, 2023