Dental Schools in Europe for International Students

Dentists are paid quite well around the world. Especially in Europe, US and Canada they are paid the highest salaries. But, dental education in the US and Canada is notoriously expensive and the competition to get into a dental school is very high. Surprisingly, many European countries offer dental education at an affordable cost. These countries include

Dental Schools in Europe

We can also consider the dental schools in the UK. However, their tuition costs are slightly more than those in the other mentioned European nations. Other benefits of studying dentistry in the European countries, aside from affordability, include:

  • A dental degree from European universities is WHO recognized
  • Many dental schools in Europe offer their degrees in English 
  • A dental license from an EU country is accepted all over EU
  • Dental graduates from EU have the freedom to register with UK’S GMC to practice in the UK 
  • A dental degree from Europe is recognized worldwide 

Let us talk about the best dental schools in Europe including the UK where you can pursue a dental degree. 

An overview of Dental schools in Europe 

Popular European countries for dental studies The UK, Czech Republic, Poland, Georgia, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, and Lithuania
Type of degree Undergraduate degree, integrated master’s degree, long-cycle master’s degree, one-tier master’s degree  
Duration of dental degree 5 years 
Degrees awarded BDS, DMD, B.Dent.Sc, DDM 
Minimum admission requirement  Secondary schooling (10+2 in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics)
English language proficiency tests accepted  IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson, Cambridge 

Popular Dental schools in Europe 

UK

There are a number of dental schools in the UK. But getting admission to any of the top dental schools in the UK is outright impossible due to heavy competition. Thus, Gyanberry has partnered with the following highly ranked dental schools to make this process a bit easier. If you apply through Gyanberry, our highly experienced team members can guide you through the entire process. 

University Name Degree Offered Duration  Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
Queen’s University Belfast BDS 5 years 40,935
University of Central Lancashire BDS 5 years 57,621

The following are typical entry requirements to study dentistry in the UK:

  • Secondary school education with AAA in biology, physics, mathematics, chemistry
  • English language proficiency test like IELTS 7.0 or more 
  • Academic reference
  • Entrance test
  • Personal interview 

Czech Republic

One of the most sought-after locations in Europe for the dental study in the Czech Republic. Medical schools in the Czech offer some of Europe’s top English-language dental programs. To become a dentist in Czech students need to complete a 5 years long-cycle master’s degree program in dentistry. 

University Name Degree Offered Duration  Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
Charles University- First Faculty of Medicine DDS 5 years 18,688
Charles University

Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové

Dentistry 5 years 14,120
Masaryk University MDDr 5 years 14,950
Palacky University MDDr 5 years 11,985

Prospective students should consider the following things to study dentistry in Czechia

  • University entrance test to test basic concepts in biology, chemistry, and physics or mathematics
  • High school education with A levels in biology, chemistry, and physics or mathematics
  • English proficiency proof (IELTS minimum score 6, TOEFL minimum score 87, or Cambridge Exam minimum FCE)

Gyanberry is the official exam center for the entrance exam of dental universities in Czech republic. We also provide study material to help students prepare for these entrance tests. 

Poland

In Poland, dentistry is a long-cycle undergraduate degree. The program runs for a period of 5 years i.e., 10 semesters. Dental graduates in Poland receive the title of “lekarz dentysta”. Polish dental schools conduct online entrance tests to test candidates’ reasoning and critical thinking in premedical sciences. The test usually consists of multiple-choice based questions which students should answer in a certain timeframe. 

University Name Degree Offered Duration  Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
Jagiellonian University DDS 5 years 13,204
Wroclaw Medical University DMD 5 years 11,200
Medical University Lodz DMD 5 years 15,641
Medical University Warsaw DMD 5 years 16,251 

The following documents are required for admission to study dentistry in Poland:

  • High school diploma confirming grades in chemistry and biology or physics
  • English language proficiency (IELTS at least 6.5 points or TOEFL iBT at least 87 points)
  • Recommendation letter
  • Passport
  • Health certificate

Georgia

Georgian dentistry is a single-cycle master’s degree program consisting of 300 credits. It takes 5 years to study dentistry in Georgia. To get admitted to the below dental schools in Georgia, a candidate must pass the unified national examination, have valid IELTS >6.5 or TOEFL >90 scores, and pass higher secondary education in biology, physics, and chemistry. 

University Name Degree Offered Duration  Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
European University DMD 5 years 4,000
Tbilisi State Medical University  DMD 5 years 8,000

Hungary

There are four dental schools in Hungary. All four schools offer their DMD programs as one-tier master’s degrees. The table below lists the four Hungarian dental schools along with their tuition fees.  

University Name Degree Offered Duration  Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
University of Pécs  DMD 5 years 17,350
University of Debrecen DMD 5 years 17,500 
Semmelweis University DMD 5 years 9,100 
University of Szeged DMD 5 years 8,183

Here are some entry requirements to study dentistry in Hungary:

  • Secondary school certificate 
  • Short resume/CV 
  • Medical certificate
  • Bank receipt 
  • University entrance test
  • Applicant should be over 18 years of age

Ireland

Ireland has hardly 2 schools that offer dental degrees in English. Both schools offer an undergraduate degree of 5 years. 

University Name Degree Offered Duration  Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
Trinity College of Dublin  B.Dent.Sc  5 years 50,277
University College Cork BDS 5 years 46,722

The following are some entry requirements to study dentistry in Ireland

  • High school diploma in physics, chemistry, or biology 
  • English language proficiency IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 90
  • Gerda vetting (criminal record check)
  • Passport copy
  • Statement of interest
  • Academic transcripts
  • English proficiency IELTS 7.0

Latvia

Dentistry in Latvia is a 5-year course. There are two colleges to study dentistry in Latvia. They offer dental degrees in English as long-cycle master’s degrees. Both universities are ranked top in the national ranking by UniRank 2021.  

University Name Degree Offered Duration  Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
University of Latvia Doctor of Dental Surgery 5 years 15,235
Riga Stradins University Doctor of Dental Medicine 5 years 14,220

The admission requirements to study at the best medical universities in Latvia are as follows:

  • High school diploma with core subjects as biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics
  • An aggregate of 60% or equivalent in each of the above-mentioned compulsory subjects
  • Academic transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency of IELTS above 5.5 
  • Passport

Lithuania

There are only two dental schools in Lithuania that offer courses in English. Both schools offer dentistry (odontology) as an integrated degree of 5 years. Each course consists of 300 ECTS credits. Both the universities rank in the top 500 colleges in the world for dental studies as per QS ranking. 

University Name Degree Offered Duration  Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
Vilnius University (400, QS) Dental Doctor in Odontology  5 years 13,163
Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (401-450, QS) Master of Odontology 5 years 13,712

To study dentistry in Lithuania, students need to answer an entrance test as a part of the admission process. Other requirements are a secondary school certificate in biology and chemistry, physics, or mathematics, transcripts, passport, motivation letter, etc. 

Admission process for Dental schools in Europe

It is quite easy to apply to dental colleges in the UK. There is a centralized service called UCAS where students can apply to many universities in a single shot. October 15 is the deadline for almost all the dental colleges in the UK. You just have to pay the application fee of 22 Pounds for a single university and 26.5 Pounds for two choices or more. The steps for a UCAS application are as follows:

  • Register with UCAS through the official website
  • Fill out the application form 
  • Write a captivating motivational letter
  • Add references from a mentor 
  • Submit the filled application form

Once accepted, you will receive an email from UCAS. You can accept it and start your next step i.e., the visa application process. Gyanberry offers visa services to 22 countries worldwide. To know more book a video appointment.  For other European nations like the Czech Republic, Georgia, Lithuania, etc., there is no  centralized application service. In order to apply to different medical universities, candidates must submit separate forms. You can make this process a bit quicker by utilizing our admission counseling services. We can provide exam study materials, cross-verify your documents, assist you in completing multiple application forms, and more.

A dental degree in Europe takes five full years to complete whereas the same degree is of 4 years duration in the US. Students might get confused as to why the difference between the two. Although curriculum-wise both are the same, a US DDS or DMD is a secondary degree. It requires an applicant to have a bachelor’s degree. On the other hand, a European dental degree does not require a bachelor’s degree. Graduates can save up to two years of their educational time and utilize it to pursue dental specializations. 

*Note: All prices mentioned in the USD are for reference only. Exchange rates may vary from time to time and from country to country.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Czech Republic, Poland, Georgia, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, and Lithuania are popular EU countries that offer dentistry programs in English. 

A European dental degree is of 5 years duration.

Yes, many European dental universities conduct their own entrance test for prospective dental students.