Dental Residency

Our specialist dental training programme for international dentists

Study a dental specialty in skåne

Through Skåne Care, non-European dentists with a governmental sponsorship can earn a specialist certificate from the public dental care authority Folktandvården Skåne within clinical training. In a highly structured training programme, international and Swedish dentists are educated side-by-side with dentistry professionals and researchers. The programme is regulated by the National Board of Health and Welfare and follows the guidelines for the equivalent training of Swedish dentists. All training occurs at public dental clinics.

Mastering Swedish is vital to gain maximum value from clinical training – and for dentists and their families to integrate more smoothly into society. Swedish is a requirement for patient contact, which is why international dentists start their training with a language course. Inside and outside the dental clinic, however, you will encounter a variety of cultures. More than 160 nationalities live in Skåne with 100 languages spoken and the proficiency in English is very high.

Through the programme, every dentist:

  • Receives an individually designed curriculum following the Swedish model.
  • Can study for a full specialist dental training in 3 years.
  • Earns a certificate issued by Folktandvården Skåne and the National Board of Health and Welfare upon successful completion of training.
  • Begins a 12-18 month introduction course upon arrival with Swedish language training.
  • Has access to relocation support, including help with finding a home, local orientation, and settling-in services.
  • Has dedicated support on a day-to-day basis from Skåne Care.


Do you require clinical experience for candidates applying for the specialist training?
Yes, having a minimum of 2 years clinical experience at the time of application is a pre-requisite for applying for the program. For information about other application requirements, please visit our specialist training webpage.

I have booked a TOEFL test and the result will be available after the application deadline. Is it ok to submit my application without the English proficiency test?
It is of highly importance to submit your application for registration before the application deadline in the form of ONE PDF document. The English proficiency test result should be sent as soon as available after the deadline for you to be considered in the respective selection period.

Shall I wait for a confirmation after submitting my application?
You will receive a confirmation once your application is registered, latest one week after the application deadline. Please make sure that you submit a complete application in ONE PDF document and wait for our confirmation. If you don’t receive a confirmation e-mail latest 10 days after the application deadline, you are welcome to contact us at

Which start points do you have for the different specialist training programs?
We have two startpoints per year for the introduction period. Accepted candidates can join the program either in February or October. The program start points are subject to change if deemed necessary by Skåne Care’s selection committee to meet different planning purposes.

My application to the specialist training program got rejected, can I re-apply in the coming rounds?
Re-applications are in general not accepted. However, if the rejection is for instance due to insufficient clinical experience, you are welcome to re-apply once you have fulfilled the pre-requisite of clinical experience. If you are not sure about whether or not to apply, please proceed with submitting your application and we will get back to you as soon as we have done an evaluation of your documents.

Do you accept private applicants to the specialist program?
Skåne Care coordinates specialist training for non-EU doctors holders of sponsorship covering the training fees in addition to personal and accompanying family members expenses (accommodation, travel, medical insurance, school fee and other living expenses).

Training departments

Departments must fulfil three formal conditions in order to be authorized for delivery of specialist training, to ensure that program delivery maintains the highest standards:

  • The main supervisor, also a specialist dentist, is responsible for the design and progression of each individual curriculum following the regulations of the National Board of Health and Welfare.
  • Supervisors formally qualified for supervision of dentists in specialist training.
  • Qualified employees who can provide the necessary instructions on activity-specific techniques and approaches.

Specialist dental units are responsible for quality assurance through systematic inspection and evaluation of patient safety, educational conditions, work conditions etc.

The goals set for each educational plan list the skills and approaches that the specialist training dentist has to develop during the training period. They are also designed to ensure proficiency in how they are expected to express themselves once they have attained their professional status as a specialist dentist. Goals can be grouped into two overall categories:

  1. Specialty-specific learning objectives indicating the skills and dental care approaches needed to be able to conduct tasks independently within the chosen specialisation.
  2. General learning objectives mandatory for all specializations, e.g. leadership and communication, ethics, quality and patient safety assurance, and disease prevention.


The program director and the candidate’s supervisor continuously evaluate the candidate’s clinical skills development to predetermined goals throughout the program.

Progress to each individual goal is formally tested through active daily work in clinical settings, through certifications from external courses as well as practical examinations.

Because of the program’s unique focus on goal fulfilment, it is not specified how long it takes to achieve a specific interim goal or to complete the full program. However, the fulfilment of goals requires a minimum of three (3) years training. By completing the specialist dental training program in Sweden, dentists obtain a diverse and multi-faceted foundation of theoretical knowledge, practical skills and management skills, verified by certificates from both the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare and Folktandvården Skåne.


In order to be eligible to apply for specialist training you need to fulfill requirements about experience and conditions:

  • I have a relevant DDS (Doctor or Dental Surgery), DMScDS (Degree of Master of Science in Dental Surgery) or equivalent 5-year degree and certificate with a GPA average of 65% or higher.
  • I have at least two (2) years of clinical experience, including both pediatric and adult dental care.
  • I have a financial guarantee from my country covering tuition fees and my living expenses for whole training period including introduction year if needed.
  • I speak English fluently and can provide a TOEFL or IELTS test result of level B2 or above.
  • I can travel to Sweden on own expenses to meet the clinic and Skåne Care.
  • I understand that I will undergo training without a Swedish license and will not be able to work after my training as a dentist in Sweden.
  • I understand that I will receive my certificate from Folktandvården Skåne and the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare.
  • I understand that I need to speak Swedish fluently according to level C1 (CEFR) before I enter the specialist training program, which involves an introduction period in Sweden of up to 18 months.


The application form shall be accompanied by following documents in English to be complete. Please send completed and signed form together with required documents in ONE PDF file to: Incomplete applications will not be processed.

  • Max One (1) page personal letter including goals and expectations
  • Max Two (2) page CV, including educational periods and employment periods
  • Transcript copy
  • Graduation certificate copy
  • TOEFL or IELTS certificate copy
  • Max three (3) reference letters
  • Copy of Financial Guarantee
  • Passport copy