How do you pay for dental school?

20 October 2022

How do you pay for dental school?

It’s a question we get asked more than you’d think.

Of course, this typically isn’t a subject everyone wants to talk about—but most students want to know the answers!

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Melbourne DDS graduate Alannah

Wanting to study dentistry in Australia is one thing, but how do you actually pay for it?

Funding a career in dentistry is expensive, but lots of Canadian students find a way to do it.

Meet Alannah, a former OzTREKK student and now a recent University of Melbourne Doctor of Dental Surgery graduate. Here, she chats about her experiences and breaks down how you can make it happen. There are many factors to consider when you’re thinking about studying abroad: tuition, living arrangements, utilities, groceries and entertainment—just to name a few.

Alannah details her expenses into three categories: tuition, living expenses, and entertainment for the duration of her four-year degree.

She discusses how she was able to apply for provincial loans, and offers financial tips and tricks to consider before deciding if Australia is right for you.

Updated October 20, 2022.

University of Melbourne Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

With state-of-the-art technologies, the University of Melbourne Dental School DDS program uses new infrastructure, including a 100-seat pre-clinical laboratory and the new Melbourne University Dental Clinic, for advanced clinical teaching.

The program places emphasis on pre-clinical practical classes and clinical patient treatments in all specialties of dentistry and teaches you to prepare, develop, execute and write a small research project for publication.

Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Intake:  January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline:  Typically the end of July each year; can vary

Start your application to Australia dental schools!


Would you like more information about studying dentistry in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s  Dentistry Admissions Officer at to learn more!

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