This article will focus on the process of applying to study for a dental degree in Canada. We aim to inform international students about tuition fees, entry requirements, entrance exams, application procedures, deadlines, and more.  


  • In most cases, you will need to have scored at least a B in each of your A-Level subjects in order to be accepted for a dental degree in Canada. The mandatory subjects are chemistry and biology. The third subject in science, like maths or physics, is appreciated but not necessary.  
  • You will also need to prove your English proficiency. The specific scores differ depending on where you are applying to study. The test you can take include the TOEFL, the IELTS, MELAB, and more. The required minimum score for the TOEFL internet-based test is usually between 80 and 90. For the IELTS you are required to score between 6.0 and 7.0. 


  • Depending on where you are applying you will either need to sit the Dental Admission Test or the CASPer Test.  
  • The Dental Admission Test or DAT is a four-and-a-half-hour long test that tests your knowledge of science, reading, visual comprehension, and quantitative reasoning. In most cases, you will most likely need to sit this test in person at a testing centre in Canada. This test costs about £375. 
  • CASPer Test is an online MMI. MMI stands for Multiple Mini Interviews. CASPer has 12 sections. 8 are video-based and 4 are word-based. At the end of each of the twelve sections, you will need to answer three questions. Overall, the test takes about an hour and a half. This test will assess your personal and professional skills as well as your scientific knowledge. The test costs about £8, plus an additional £8 for every school you wish to receive the results. 


In most cases, you will be able to apply directly to the institution of your choice. 

Your application will need to include documents regarding your: 

  • Completed application form 
  • School grades 
  • English language proficiency 
  • Identity (i.e., passport, birth certificate, or an ID) 
  • You will also need to write a personal statement 
  • In some cases, you will also need to provide a letter of reference or references 
  • You might also be asked to provide evidence of how you will pay for your studies 

Lastly, once you’re application is processed and you are deemed to be a good candidate you will be invited in for an interview. 


The deadline for applying to a university in Canada is usually around the middle of January. This differs for some universities whose deadlines are around early March. 


International students studying dentistry in Canada will be expected to pay around £16,500 a year. 


There are many universities across Canada that provide great scholarships for international students wishing to complete their studies at said institutions.  

There are also scholarships available that aren’t linked to specific universities. For example, the SheBegan International Scholarship for Women. This is a fully-funded scholarship for those studying either an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree. The recipient of the scholarship will be awarded a sum between £13,703 and £24,362, in addition to that you will also receive a monthly stipend, health insurance, and more.  

This brings us to the end of this article. If you found this article useful and would like to know more about this topic, we recommend having a look at our other content regarding international dentistry degrees. 

If you are considering studying abroad why don’t you discuss your prospects and opportunities with experts at Lurnable’s dedicated study abroad counselling division LurnPathways?

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