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International Dental Student Exchange Program

Penn 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.

Partner Institutions

Universidad de los Andes (Santiago, Chile)

University Medical Center (Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany)

Peking University (Beijing, China)

Sun Yat-sent University (Guangzhou, China)

Sichuan University (Chengdu, China)

Fiji School of Medicine (Suva, Fiji)

East Meets West Foundation Dental Program (Vietnam)

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi, Ghana)

Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea)

Chosun University College of Dentistry (Gwangju, South Korea)

Chosun University College of Dentistry (Gwangju, South Korea)

University of Szeged (Szeged, Hungary)

Tel Aviv University (Tel Aviv, Israel)

The Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel)

University of Bergen (Bergen, Norway)

Medical University of Lodz (Lodz, Poland)

Jagiellonian University Medical College (Kraków, Poland)

Warsaw University (Warsaw, Poland)

King Andulaziz University (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)

Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden)

Niigata University (Niigata, Japan)

Hiroshima University (Hiroshima, Japan)

Tokyo Medical and Dental University (Tokyo, Japan)

Osaka University (Suita, Japan)

Al-Quds University (Jerusalem, Palestine)

Buenos Aires University (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Mohammed VI University of Health Sciences (Casablanca, Morocco)

China Medical University College of Dentistry (Taichung City, Taiwan)

Chung Shan Medical University (Taichung, Taiwan)

Kaohsiung Medical University (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)

Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand)

Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf (Dusseldorf, Germany)

Prince of Songkla University (Songkhla, Thailand) University of Hong Kong (Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong)
University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa) Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

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 (the list is dynamic as new agreements are signed).

For institutions not listed, which are interested in establishing a memorandum of understanding with Penn Dental Medicine, please contact the Assistant Dean of Intramural and Extramural Partnerships, Dr. Bruce Brandolin, at

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

Once you receive approval for your visiting dates, each student must submit the following:

  • Clinic Visitor Waiver Packet-2022.pdf 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 them here.

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


For any questions/concerns, please email

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:
    • AstraZeneca
    • Convidecia
    • Covaxin
    • Covishield
    • Covovax
    • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen
    • Moderna
    • Novavax
    • Pfizer-BioNTech
    • Sinopharm
    • Sinovac
  • Must wear a mask at all times, the mask must be at a level equivalent to N95, KN95, or double masking with a surgical mask covered with a cloth mask
  • Must observe social distancing of at least 6 feet while dining when masks are off
  • Limit dining and drinking to designated areas
  • For clinical observation exchange, visitors must provide proof of fitting for a NIOSH-approved N95 respirator and are required to bring a supply of these respirators for the duration of their stay at PDM

Updated: January 10, 2023

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