International Student Orientation will ease your transition to living and studying in the United States. This program is provided as a supplement to New Student Orientation, and participation in both orientation programs is required for F-1 visa students. U.S. students from abroad are welcome to participate for an additional fee upon making reservations via e-mail to the Office of Student Development.
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Jump to each day's schedule: September 4 l September 5 l September 6 l September 7
Wednesday, September 4
|9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.||Check-in and Registration
We’re excited to meet you! Stop by International House to pick up your room keys and information about orientation.
|International House (I-House), 418 South West Street|
|11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.||Lunch
Make new friends over lunch in the Hard Knox Café.
|Hard Knox Café, Seymour Union|
|11:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.||Guided Campus Tours
Take some time to get to know the campus.
Get items needed to make your room comfortable. Shuttles will leave throughout the day to local shopping centers.
Get Online: Connect Your Computer to the Knox Network
Printed instructions will be on your green "Tidbits" sheet. For support, call the ITS Help Desk at 309-341-7700 or visit the CAT Lab, Room E011 in the Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center (SMC).
|Meet at I-House|
|5:00-11:00 p.m.||Founders Computer Lab
Need Internet access? Founders Lab is open!
|5:30-7:30 p.m.||Welcome Dinner
Friends and family are invited! Take time after a busy day to relax and meet your new classmates.
|8:30-10:30 p.m.||Campus Activities, Coffee, and Desserts
Join other new students on campus for after-dinner refreshments and games.
|Taylor Student Lounge & Game Room, Seymour Union|
|7:30-9:15 a.m.||Breakfast||Hard Knox Café|
|9:30-10:20 a.m.||Staying Healthy at Knox
Learn about the ways to stay happy and healthy on campus. Topics include the Health and Counseling Center, the U.S. health care system, and student health insurance.
|10:20-10:50 a.m.||Get Up and Move
Time to stretch! A group activity to get active, stay fit, and be well.
|South Lawn of Old Main|
|11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.||Money, Phones, etc.
Learn tips about managing your money and aquiring a phone in the U.S.
|12:00-1:00 p.m.||Lunch||Hard Knox Café|
|1:00-2:00 p.m.||Banking Accounts! (Group A)
Talk with a banking professional to choose the right bank account for you.
|Visa Advising and SEVIS Registration (Group B)
Learn your responsibilities as an international student in the U.S. and how to get the most benefit from your student visa.
|2:00-3:00 p.m.||Banking Accounts! (Group B)
Visa Advising and SEVIS Registration (Group A)
|3:00-4:00 p.m.||Culture Shock!
Learn what to expect as you adjust to life in the U.S., and hear tips from current international students.
|4:00-5:30 p.m.||Shopping or Free Time
Still missing something? Then hop on a shuttle to go shopping. Otherwise, take some time to relax, hang out with friends, check your e-mail, etc.
|Depart from Center for the Fine Arts (CFA)|
|6:00-8:00 p.m.||One Community Dinner Buffet with Student Speakers
Get to know other members of the Knox community!
|Lincoln Room, Seymour Union|
|8:30-10:30 p.m.||Bowling with the Center for Intercultural Life (CIL)
Join us for an evening of bowling at Northgate Lanes in Galesburg. We provide the shoes and games. Pre-register to attend.
|Meet at Seymour Union Loading Dock|
|10:30 p.m.-12:00 a.m.||Campus Activities
The residential cultural centers and themed houses will host a variety of activities.
|ABLE Center, Asian Cultural House, Casa Latina, International House, Harambee House|
||Hard Knox Café|
|9:15-10:15 a.m.||Understanding the American Classroom
Learn about the classroom culture at a U.S. college and what to expect as a new student.
|Red Room, Seymour Library|
|10:30-11:30 a.m.||English Placement (Group A)
Don't sweat it! This is to help the College and your advisors best support you when you choose your courses. Just relax and you’ll do fine.
|Red Room, Seymour Library|
|Library Reception (Group B)
Enjoy the beautiful Seymour Library as you learn about the resources available there. The two groups will switch in the next session.
|Seymour Library Circulation Desk|
|11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.||English Placement (Group B)
||Red Room, Seymour Library|
|Library Reception (Group A)||Seymour Library Circulation Desk|
|12:45-5:15 p.m.||Scavenger Hunt Around Galesburg
Take the afternoon to explore more of Knox and Galesburg. With your orientation leader, hop on a bus or walk downtown for lunch. A prize will go to the winning group!
|Depart from Seymour Library|
|5:30 p.m.||International Dinner
As you race to the finish of the scavenger hunt, join students from Multicultural Student Orientation for a delicious dinner in downtown Galesburg, featuring international dishes.
|156 East Main Street (corner of Prairie and Main)|
|6:30 p.m.||First Friday
Head over to Seminary Street, where you can experience “First Friday" -- an evening of live music, food booths, and fun held on the first Friday of each month during summer.
|Seminary Street Historic District|
|Galesburg Civic Art Center Art Opening||114 East Main Street|
|9:00 p.m.||Dance Party||Oak Room, Seymour Union|
Saturday, September 7
|One Community: New Student Orientation begins today! Attendance is required for all events with an asterisk (*). Please refer to the New Student Orientation schedule of events, and check back daily for updates.
||Hard Knox Café|
|8:30-9:30 a.m.||Question and Answer
Have questions? Stop by to talk with Rebecca Eckart.
|Office of International Student Services (Admission Office, first floor of CFA)|
|10:00 a.m.||Morning Meeting
||Taylor Student Lounge & Game Room|
|12:30-1:45 p.m.||*Suite Meeting
||East Lawn, Old Main|
|3:15 p.m.||*Orientation Leader Meeting||Kresge Recital Hall, CFA|
To facilitate your arrival: