Students from Canada, the United States and other Non-European Union (EU) regions may apply to Dental Schools in Ireland and Northern Ireland via the Atlantic Bridge Program.
Every year, students commence the study of Dentistry via the Atlantic Bridge Program at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Cork (UCC) and Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB). The Atlantic Bridge Program streamlines the application process so students can apply to all three Dental programs using one common application and only one set of documents (transcripts, letters of reference, etc.).
Important Note: Mutual Recognition
The Reciprocity Agreement between the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) and the Dental Council of Ireland was signed on December 5th, 2012. Under this agreement, the CDAC and the Dental Council of Ireland agree that each party recognizes the accreditation standards and policies of the other party as being equivalent to its own. There are twelve dental programs covered under this agreement, ten in Canada and two in Ireland (University College Cork and Trinity College Dublin).
Students who graduate from University College Cork (UCC) or Trinity College Dublin (TCD) after December 5th, 2012 will be accepted for licensing in Canada as graduates of an accredited dental educational program and do not need to meet other educational requirements typically required of graduates of non-Canadian Dental schools.
Any student who is enrolled in an accredited program at the time of the MRA being terminated, and proceeds to successfully complete said program, shall be considered to have graduated from an accredited program and shall subsequently benefit from the provisions of the MRA.