7 June 2022 News

What is the UCAT?

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is an admissions test used by many universities in Australia and New Zealand to help them achieve greater fairness in candidate selection.

List A

List A – Required for All Undergraduate-entry Dentistry Applications

Please send one PDF copy of each of the following documents to admissions1@oztrekk.com.

   OzTREKK requires one copy of your official transcript, from all institutions at which you’ve studied (must be in English). Please send transcripts via

  • Mail: Transcripts in their original, sealed envelopes must be mailed to the OzTREKK Officeor
  • Email: Transcripts must be sent from the school office/admissions office directly or through an official transcript service (e.g., Parchment or MyCreds) to transcripts@oztrekk.com. If you need to have a password on the digital transcript, please use the following:
    • Question: The educational agent that I am working with
    • Password: OZTREKK1 (no spaces, all capitals); or if there’s a character limit or an access code requirement, use 1234.

What if my documents are not in English?
If your documents are not in English, you must provide full translation of each document, either prepared by your university or by a registered translator. You must not translate the documents yourself.

Please note OzTREKK must receive the official translation directly from the university or translator in order to certify the document. Have questions? Check out How do I send my transcripts?

  Copy of your passport photo page (PDF)
  Complete the OzTREKK SSVF Form – This information is collected to meet compliance requirements. If we require further information, we may contact you.

If you’ve submitted all the documents in LIST A, the applications to the following programs are complete:

  • Charles Sturt University – Bachelor of Dental Science
  • Griffith University – Bachelor of Dental Health Science & Master of Dentistry

List B

List B –  University-specific Application Documents

Additional documents required by our other undergraduate-entry dentistry programs. Please submit all remaining documents as PDFs to admissions1@oztrekk.com.

 

James Cook University – Bachelor of Dental Surgery

  JCU BDS Supplemental Application Form

  • Answer questions on pp. 6 & 7 only, unless you are also applying to medicine
  • Declaration on top of p. 3 must be hand-signed (OzTREKK completes the rest)

 JCU Prediction of Academic Achievement Form – Grade 12 students only. Must be sent to OzTREKK directly from school to be deemed official.
  Maximum of 3 reference letters (optional) – Must be sent directly from the referees by mail or to admissions1@oztrekk.com.

 

University of Queensland – Bachelor of Dental Science

  UQ Application Authority Form
  UQ requires the UCAT ANZ. Please send proof of your registration.

 

List A

List A – Required for All Graduate-entry Dentistry Applications

Please send one PDF copy of each of the following documents to admissions1@oztrekk.com.

   OzTREKK requires one copy of your official transcript, from all institutions at which you’ve studied (must be in English). Please send transcripts via

  • Mail: Transcripts in their original, sealed envelopes must be mailed to the OzTREKK Officeor
  • Email: Transcripts must be sent from the school office/admissions office directly or through an official transcript service (e.g., Parchment or MyCreds) to transcripts@oztrekk.com. If you need to have a password on the digital transcript, please use the following:
    • Question: The educational agent that I am working with
    • Password: OZTREKK1 (no spaces, all capitals); or if there’s a character limit or an access code requirement, use 1234.

What if my documents are not in English?
If your documents are not in English, you must provide full translation of each document, either prepared by your university or by a registered translator. You must not translate the documents yourself.

Please note OzTREKK must receive the official translation directly from the university or translator in order to certify the document. Have questions? Check out How do I send my transcripts?

  Copy of your passport photo page (PDF)
  Complete the OzTREKK SSVF Form – This information is collected to meet compliance requirements. If we require further information, we may contact you.
❑  Official CDA DAT or ADA DAT score report – Please contact the CDA to have it sent directly to the OzTREKK office. Each university has a university-specific recipient code (see below). DAT not required for Otago.

List B

List B –  University-specific Documents

Additional documents are required to complete the following applications. Please send as PDFs to admissions1@oztrekk.com.

 

University of Melbourne – Doctor of Dental Surgery

   Melbourne MD Agent Nomination Form
   University of Melbourne DDS prerequisite form
  Official CDA DAT or ADA DAT score report (A4 Melbourne recipient code)

 

University of Otago – Bachelor of Dental Surgery

   University of Otago Application Cover Sheet
  Resume/CV
  Personal Statement – While there aren’t any posted guidelines, it’s recommended to outline your reasons for applying for dentistry at Otago and what you hope to gain from it/why you want to be a dentist. You could also include any relevant volunteer or work experience you feel has impacted this decision.
  Course outlines to prove that you have taken course equivalent to and have achieved a minimum of B in each of the following:

Important to remember:

Before sending us course outlines, check to see if we’ve already got them. We can save you a lot of time and ensure we’re submitting good outlines on your behalf.

 

University of Sydney – Doctor of Dental Medicine

  Official CDA DAT or ADA DAT score report (A5 Sydney recipient code)
   $125 AUD Sydney application fee paid directly to the university (link will be provided). Please let us know if you do not wish to pay the application fee and we will cancel your application.

 

University of Western Australia – Doctor of Dental Medicine

❑   Official CDA DAT or ADA DAT or MCAT score report (A8 UWA recipient code).

 

Overview

Welcome to the Dent Lounge!

Your application is submitted to an OzTREKK dental school. Now what?

Over the months ahead, you’ll navigate interviews, outcomes, acceptances, and some big life choices. The Dent Lounge is your go-to resource through these events. If the Dent Lounge has a motto, it’s “Don’t wait for an outcome—prepare for one!”

Our hope is for you to feel confident about pursuing your dreams and confidently tackling any decisions you may encounter.

Here are some items you don’t want to miss:

  Required Application Documents: Graduate or Undergraduate

  Application Deadlines: So you can stay on track.

  Join our Dentistry Admissions Facebook group to be a part of the conversation and get real-time updates about offers, interviews, and FAQs!

Below you’ll find guiding resources for each of your next steps.

Step 1

 

Explore Your Options

Step 1 is about solidifying your dental school preferences, to help you to make confident decisions.

Get Advice

  For a little philosophy on hard decisions, check out this TedTalk about putting yourself behind your options, making choices based on your unique reasoning, and becoming distinctly you.

 Consider the advice of those with firsthand experience:

  • Follow OzTREKK and our Ambassadors on Instagram: There’s honestly no better way to explore this path than to hear from those who are experiencing it firsthand. Our students are always doing takeovers, so you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions along the way.
  •  Hear why OzTREKK student Alannah choose Australia for dental school.

Understand Your Priorities

  Discover what’s important to you in a dental school.

  What’s your uni style? Take our fun quiz to help you discover which uni might be your match!

Step 2

 

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Understand Financing

Step 2 is about financing your degree and getting comfortable with money talk!

Financing a dentistry degree is often a family matter and the following topics are for you to consider together. Taking the time to think about these items now can make for less stress down the road and will make you feel more prepared and confident once outcomes are issued.

Start off on the right foot by asking the right questions!

Understand your financing options.

Have that financial talk with your family now.

Step 3

 

How to Nail Your Interview

Step 3 is about how to shine during your dental school interview.

  Mark your calendar and ensure you’re available during interview timelines: Dentistry Admissions Timeline.
  Utilize OzTREKK tips and tricks to make sure you’re feeling confident going into your interview.
   No longer interested in a program? Tell us, so the university can offer an interview to another applicant.

Reminder: Only USyd, CSU, UWA and UOtago have interviews.

Step 4

 

Prepare for an Outcome

Step 4 is about outcomes! Here you’ll find the details you’ll want to wrap your head around before outcomes become available.

Understand the Process

  Offer Prep Chart – Refer to this document for information about offer timelines, deposit amount, and how to secure your seat in a program.

  Read the Fine Print – Read and understand the Australian Government’s Release Policy, as well as university Refund Policies. This is a must!

  Get Your Finances In Order – Acceptance deposits consist of making a payment towards your first year’s tuition fees (see Offer Prep Chart), as well as paying for health coverage (aka OSHC).

  Know Your Payment Options – Be prepared to make a tuition deposit. Most universities have the option to pay via wire transfer or credit card. We recommend being prepared to pay via credit card. In the case that the offer you’re about to accept is first-come first-served, paying via credit card will save you time and a trip to the bank.

  • Western Union – Not all, but most of our university partners prefer students to pay their deposit via Western Union. Understanding this process in advance will make for smooth sailing come offer time. (Seriously, read this one!)

  Read Carefully – Australia is several hours ahead of us, so you will likely receive your outcome directly from the university overnight, prior to receiving the news from OzTREKK the next morning.

Should you be the lucky recipient of an offer letter, it is your responsibility to read everything. Read your offer letter (in full). Read our email, which contains added guidance and answers common questions and concerns.

We can give advice and educated guesses in advance; however, what’s noted in these two items is the real deal. If you don’t understand something, please reach out.

  Remember, there’s no perfect place, but you can choose to bloom wherever you’re planted. 😊

Step 5

 

Understand Your Post-dental School Journey

Step 5 is about understanding your graduate options, so you’ve got a clear outlook from the start.

  Check out our Practicing Dentistry in Canada page to further understand your pathways after graduation.

  Watch our Careers in Dentistry webinar, or check out the highlights below:

Step 6

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Get to Know Your Uni Community

Step 6 is about becoming aware of the communities that make up your program, uni, and location—and starting to make connections!

  Get To Know Your City – Visit OzTREKK’s City Guides to familiarize yourself with your future city and keep your eye on the prize.

  Get To Know Your Campus – There are plenty of ways to do this. We’ve provided a few options here:

CSU Orange Campus Virtual Tour
Griffith University Campus Tour – By the Griffith Gold Coast Student Guild
JCU Cairns Campus Tour
University of Melbourne Virtual Tours
University of Queensland Virtual Tours
University of Sydney Virtual Tour
UWA Virtual Tour
University of Otago Virtual Tour

 Tour Your Dental School’s Facilities

Undergraduate Dental Facilities (Griffith, Charles Sturt, JCU, and UQ)
Graduate Dental Facilities (Sydney, Melbourne, UWA, and Otago)

  Get to Know Your Dent Students’ Society

Charles Sturt University Student Dental Society (CSU SDA):  @SDACSU
Griffith University Dental Students Association (GUDSA): @GUDSA
James Cook University Dental Student Association (JCUDSA): @JCUDSA
Melbourne Dental Student Society (MDSS): @theMDSS
University of Queensland Dental Students’ Association (UQDSA): @UQDSA
Sydney University Dental Association (SUDA): @usyddent
The University of Western Australia Dental Students Society (UDSS): @udssuwa
New Zealand Dental Students’ Association (NZDSA): @nzdentalstudents

What’s Next?

If you’ve accepted an offer, congrats! Your next resource for this journey is our Boarding Pass website. Here, you’ll find details about…

Steps to take after you have accepted your offer – Applying for your student visa, completing health exams, taking family, etc.

Financing tips – Costs of living, how to transfer money, etc.

Heading to Australia – Setting up accommodation, meeting clinical placement compliance requirements, etc.

Arriving in Australia – Packing tips, working in Australia, exploring your new home, etc.

Feel free to jump over to the Boarding Pass website now to get a feel for what will be coming next. However, please note that much of your predeparture planning won’t need to begin until the fall (and that’s when the site will be completely up to date!). Items like enrolment, program requirements (compliance checks), and applying for your Australian student visa will come later.

Eh to Oz Series – Starting in October, you will start to receive our Eh to Oz email series, which will let you know what predeparture steps you should be taking and when. We’ll also invite you to predeparture and accommodation webinars through the season, so you’ll feel fully prepared for takeoff.

1 April 2022 News

How do I send my transcripts?

So, what’s the best way to send your transcripts? How many should you order? Where do you send them? What if your transcripts aren’t in English? We’re going to answer all your transcripts FAQs!

Need another reason to study in beautiful New Zealand at the University of Otago? We’ve got one! The University of Otago is pleased to offer the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships for International Students.