When compared to the costs of degrees in other clinical fields, dentistry degrees, like degrees in other clinical fields, tend to have more expensive tuition fees. If you want to get a degree in dentistry, this shouldn’t stop you, and scholarships and fellowships may be able to help you pay for it.
Continue reading to learn more about the financial aid opportunities provided by the 10 best dental schools in the world for the current academic year.
Please note that this page is updated yearly, and because the sponsors or institutions that open these scholarships may often change the period in which they accept applications, we may not keep up with these updates due to the volume of scholarships we publish here. Therefore, this page is basically intended to show you the endless opportunities you have to get a scholarship to study anywhere in the world. Simply click on the link to the scholarship you want to check the deadline for on the official website. Or click here to access our list of current scholarships.
10. the University of Washington and Tokyo Medical and Dental University
UW is currently offering financial aid to eligible US students, who will only need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using an FSA ID from the Department of Education. International students should look for funding from external sources.
The Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) stands out from other dental universities in Japan in that it has four systems of graduate education and research: medical and dental sciences, health sciences, biomedical sciences (education division), and biomedical sciences (research division).
At TMDU, there are numerous undergraduate scholarships for international students to choose from—more about qualifications and eligibility can be found here.
9. University of Bern
The university’s Dental Medicine program takes five years to finish and is currently ranked ninth among dental schools. It consists of a three-year bachelor’s degree and a two-year master’s degree program.
Generally, the annual tuition fee for international students at the University of Bern is CHF 200 (US$199) per semester, in addition to the regular tuition fee of CHF 750 (US$746) in some circumstances.
A series of scholarships are available, and applicants are advised to consult with their professor as well as their department and faculty of interest for further options, as new or temporary opportunities for funding may unexpectedly arise.
8. University of Zurich
In 1833, colleges of theology, law, medicine, and a new faculty of philosophy that were already in the place joined together to form the University of Zurich. With over 25,000 students enrolled, it’s currently Switzerland’s largest higher-education institution and has moved up three places in the dental school ranking to now place eighth.
As is the case with other schools, fees for dentistry courses differ depending on the level of study. Tuition fees for international students range from US$674 to US$1,100 per semester. These fees include a standard application fee of US$88 and a late application fee of US$350.
A variety of scholarships are offered at Zurich, including the Swiss government scholarships, which award scholarships for postgraduate studies to international students with an undergraduate degree.
7. Harvard University
Since Harvard is a private higher-education institution boasting the utmost prestigious academic standing, tuition fees here are quite high, at US$46,340 (without financial aid) with an estimated US$67,580 needed for tuition, accommodation, board, and fees combined.
Students who are not US citizens or permanent residents are not eligible for need-based grants at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM), though they may be eligible for funds run by the school’s Committee on General Scholarships.
Several scholarships available through HSDM can be found here.
6. University of Gothenburg
At Gothenburg, exchange students and EU/EEA residents are exempt from paying fees. For students from outside the EU/EEA, a one-off application fee of SEK 900 (US$114) needs to be paid, along with a tuition fee ranging from SEK 100,000 (US$10,800) to SEK 192,500 (US$20,820) per year, depending on the course.
An extensive range of grants and scholarships are available for both domestic and international students. Fee-paying international students can also apply for specially-designed scholarships before coming to Sweden for their studies. (The deadline for the 2019/2020 scholarship application has closed. Please check back for updates).
5. University of Michigan
Tuition fees for UM’s dentistry courses vary according to the degree level and type of program, however, an undergraduate degree typically costs around US$13,800 in the first year for Michigan residents, and US$43,400 for non-Michigan residents, though most eligible students will be pleased to know that they may be offered a financial aid package, which generally comes from a combination of grants, scholarships, work-study (wages earned through employment), and loans.
4. University of Hong Kong (HKU)
Ranked fourth in the dental school ranking this year, the Faculty of Dentistry at HKU was established in 1982 and is an internationally regarded dental school with an employment rate of 100 percent. It is the only institution in Hong Kong that provides undergraduate and postgraduate dental programs.
An undergraduate degree in the field will typically cost HK$42,100 (US$5,360) per year, though scholarships such as the Hong Kong Dental Associate Scholarship of HK$2,500 (US$318) may be awarded each year to final-year students, based on academic merit from their previous years.
2. King’s College London (KCL) and Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA)
Tuition fees for the 2019-20 academic year are currently £9,250 (€10,400) per year for UK and EU students and £43,500 (US$55,800) per year for international students. KSL currently offers several scholarship and bursary opportunities; you can scroll through this list to see if you’re eligible to apply for financial support during your studies at King’s.
Though dental scholarships are currently not available at ACTA, the University of Amsterdam offers a range of scholarships for academically talented international students as well as faculty scholarships; details on both can be found here.
1. Karolinska Institute
The Karolinska Institute is currently the world’s top dental school after climbing an impressive five spots this year to place number one and achieving a perfect score for academic reputation. It’s based in Stockholm, Sweden, and provides world-class medical and health sciences courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
While EU/EEA citizens are exempt from paying tuition fees, Karolinska’s five-year dental program, taught entirely in Swedish, comes to a total of SEK 1,900,000 (US$205,700) for non-EU/EEA citizens. Scholarships at Karolinska aren’t available for this course; however, there are over 120 Sweden-based scholarships for dentistry, which can be found here.