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Intensive English Language Program

Intensive English Language Program

International students are invited to participate in an Intensive English Language Program from August 24 to September 6, prior to International Student Orientation. 

If your first language is not English, the program will be an excellent opportunity to improve your English language skills.  The program will offer 10 days of course instruction to develop all English language skills, with particular emphasis on college-level writing and speaking.  The course will be taught by a language specialist and a writing tutor will assist students both inside and outside of class.  Upon successful completion of the program, students can earn .5 credits.

In addition, the Intensive English Language Program will also provide opportunities to learn about Knox's academic and residential culture, make new friends and explore Galesburg and surrounding communities before orientation begins.  A peer mentor will help students navigate the transition to the United States and can answer any questions you may have about being a new Knox student.  All enrolled students will take a trip to Chicago on the weekend of August 30-31 and participate in an off-campus excursion on September 6.

The program is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged for students whose first language in not English.  The comprehensive program fee is $1,200 USD, and will be billed directly to your student account.  The fee will cover language instruction, meals, accomodation, transportation to off-campus excursions, and social programming.

If you would like to participate, please enroll by using the Intensive English Language Program Registration on your applicant status page. 

A sample schedule of the program is below.

Intensive English Language Program Sample Schedule
Date Activity
August 24 Arrival Day and move in to summer housing
August 25-29 Intensive English Language instruction
August 30-31 Trip to Chicago
September 1-5 Intensive English Language instruction
September 6 Off campus excursion


Please contact Rebecca Eckart in the Office of International Student Services by e-mail or phone at +1 309-341-7163.