Pathway to Study Dentistry Abroad

Dentistry provides a rewarding career path for students interested in helping people and also like carrying out precision work with their hands. It is one of the most comprehensive areas of medicine with a variety of sub-disciplines including Dental Public Health, Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine and Pathology, Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Paediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics.

It is critical that you get the right preparation in order to succeed in such a varied and challenging qualification. At DIFC we make sure you’re prepared for the challenges of studying Dentistry.

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How Can the International Foundation Year help?

The International Foundation Year – Health Science programme is a specialised university foundation course designed to support international students to progress to study Dentistry in leading Universities across Europe.

  • High-quality academic teaching in four subject modules, including English of Academic Purposes
  • Expert advice and guidance on your university applications 
Specialised preparation for all admission requirements to Dentistry degrees
  • Critical skills development in the areas of critical thinking, problem-solving and time management
  • Student support services to help you adjust to living and studying in a new country

Study in a World Renowned University

A key component of the IFY is the university placement support provided to students for your university admissions. DIFC is partnered with leading Universities; giving you a range of choices for pursuing your Dentistry degree.

Each university has its own admission requirements and processes. The team at DIFC will guide you step-by-step through the whole process to help you achieve and placement in a Dentistry degree.

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University Options

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Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Kralove (Second Faculty of Medicine), Czech Republic. Charles University is one of the top dentistry universities in Europe. The 5-year dentistry programme in Charles University is taught in English and are arranged along the lines of theoretical, preclinical and clinical studies in theoretical and preclinical departments, clinical departments and institutes. Students graduate with a MDDr. (“Medicinae Dentium Doctor”).

Tuition Fees:

€13,500 per year

Entry Requirements

IFY Subjects: Pass in IFY exams

Other Shortlisting Requirements

  • Personal statement plus References and life experience, i.e. work / life
    balance, extracurricular activities, relevant work or voluntary experience
  • Foundation predicted grades & Successful interview


  • SPM, IGCSE and AS Levels not accepted
  • Have 12 years of high school, which is accepted/ recognised for entry to a state university in the home country.  Each student studying at a university in the Czech Republic must have his/her secondary school education recognized by the Czech Educational Office by Nostrification by the education department of recognition authority at any regional authority (Krajský úřad) in the Czech Republic. More information about this process available here (

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The 5-year degree programme Odontology aims at educating dentists capable of diagnosing and treating dental conditions and cooperating with other health care specialists in ensuring individual and public health. Students graduate with a MSc in Health Sciences, Doctor Odontologist

Tuition Fees:

€12,500 per year

Entry Requirements

IFY Subjects: B, B, B in IFY exams

Other Shortlisting Requirements

  • Successfully pass the LSMU entry test and interview held at DIFC
  • Medical Screening checklist


  • SPM, IGCSE and A Levels not accepted
  • Hold final high school which is accepted/ recognised  for entry to state university in home country, high school documents must be notarized in English

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Their 5-year Dentistry degree is taught in English and is recognised throughout the European Union and several other countries around the world. This program offers a high standard of knowledge and skills for dental surgeons. Students graduate with a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.).

Tuition Fees:

Approx €14,200 per year

Entry Requirements

IFY Subjects: A, A, A

Other Shortlisting Requirements

  • Successfully pass the University of Debrecen entrance examination and interview held at DIFC
  • Medical Screening checklist


  • SPM, IGCSE and AS Levels not accepted
  • Have 12 years of high school, which is accepted/ recognised for entry to a state university in the home country.

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The School of Medicine offers a five-year Dentistry program, leading to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS).

Teaching is conducted in English, with a minimum workload of 5,000 hours of theoretical and practical training. The Dentistry program integrates the acquisition of a strong science foundation with hands-on clinical skills. There is also a strong emphasis on clinical exposure and the university’s privately owned dental clinic gives students the opportunity for patient interaction and clinical training.

Graduates will be able to function anywhere within the EU and other international health care standards.

Tuition Fees:


Entry Requirements

IFY Subjects: A, A, B

Other Shortlisting Requirements

  • Students are also required to write a Personal Statement and submit two Letters of Recommendation (one from High School and one from DIFC) as part of their application to study with EUC.
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“Having a class of international students was a wonderful opportunity for me to get to know different cultures, make new friends and develop a valuable network.”

Dawn Areen Kaur from Malaysia

Now studying Medicine at Royal College of Surgeons


Students who successfully pass Foundation achieve a placement

Dentistry University partners

Foundation centres to choose from

Student Life in Ireland

Ireland is one of the friendliest and safest countries in the world and its welcoming culture is deep routed in the country’s heritage. Ireland has one of the best education systems in the world for higher education achievements.

Join the 35,000+ international students from 161 countries already enjoying Ireland’s vibrant culture and live in an English speaking country. After your studies, check out the employment opportunities with the biggest and best international companies who already chose Ireland as their home.

Where a warm welcome awaits

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  • You must be at least 17 years old
  • Have successfully completed your high school education (IGCSE’s and O-Levels accepted).
  • You must have a recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS or TOEFL).
  • For country-specific details, please contact us.

How much does it

The tuition fees for IFY Health Science are €17,800, plus registration and other charges.

Compared to similar programmes offered in the UK, you can save up to 25% by choosing to study your Foundation Year in Ireland.

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DIFC has a dedicated team of staff that will help guide you through the University application process and fully prepare you for all the admission requirements. You will also receive regular tutorials that are dedicated to helping you prepare for your University applications.

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