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Travel Tips

Travel tips for international students

Wondering about meals and health care?
View our travel tips listed below.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Josh Ferchau
Assistant Director of Admission and Director of International Admission
Office phone: +1-800-678-KNOX (toll-free) or +1-309-341-7136
Skype: Knox.Josh

Meals are not provided on campus until New Student Orientation begins, so be prepared to enjoy many of the exciting restaurants within walking distance of campus.

The money that you bring with you should be in the form of traveler's check or a bank draft. Do not ever carry large amounts of cash.

To accommodate the range of financial situations for our families, Knox offers two options to pay tuition, room and board, and other fees. Payment arrangements for the year must be made in advance of the August 6, 2012 due date.

Health Care
Hospitalization costs in the United States are much more expensive than in most other countries. A person who is ill or injured may pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for medical care. Therefore, to avoid enormous expenses that would be beyond a student's financial resources, every international student is required to purchase full insurance coverage. All Knox students are enrolled in the College’s student health insurance plan. Students can choose not to participate by showing proof of coverage and completing the waiver card included in the orientation e-mails. All health insurance questions can be directed to Melanie Lowe.

Cold Weather Clothing
Although the Galesburg, Illinois, climate is generally considered mild, with an annual average temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Centigrade/Celsius), international students should be aware that there are four distinct seasons. Extreme variations in temperature do occur. In the winter, the area may have 3-6 inches of snow, and the temperature may vary from 20F (-6C) to 60F (16C). In the summer, the weather may be hot and sunny with temperatures between 65F (18C) and 100+F (38C). You may need to purchase clothing suitable for keeping warm if you're from a warm climate. A minimum of $200 would be needed for buying a warm coat and sweaters, and more could be spent depending on your resources.

Dorm Furniture
Students must have their own pillows, bed sheets, blankets, and towels. Such furnishings are not provided in dormitories on campus. You will be provided with beds, desks, a chair, and dresser in your residence hall. There also are plenty of opportunities for shopping during orientation. View our Packing List: What to Bring page for more information.