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Office of International Student Services
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
Resources; Informational and Social
Whether you are a first-year or transfer student from abroad, a student with dual citizenship, an American expatriate, or a permanent resident of the United States, the Office of International Student Services looks forward to meeting you and helping you make your way at Knox College.
A program to ease an international student's transition to living and studying in the United States. International Student Orientation is provided as a supplement to the New Student Orientation, and participation in both orientation programs is required for F-1 visa students.
The Designated School Official, DSO, helps international students stay in compliance with current immigration, taxation, and institutional regulations while being successful students. The DSO provides assistance with the International Clubs, USCIS paperwork, and academic and personal counseling.
Financial aid packages for international students remain essentially the same during your enrollment at Knox. Families and sponsors are responsible for paying increases in the comprehensive fee, which generally range between 4% and 6%. An international student may be eligible for private educational loans if you are able to find a credit-worthy United States citizen or permanent resident to co-sign for you. More info: Contact the Office of Financial Aid for further details.
The Center for Intercultural Life (CIL) maintains several special houses for multicultural students. These centers offer meeting spaces for organizations and sponsor programs for the campus. These Centers are to be safe spaces for all students on campus, where, just like the CIL, they can old events, relax, and learn about the culture of the house that they are in. Every house has it's on mission and purpose on campus. Some of the centers are connected to specific student groups and some are not. But with their specific goals they all share the common goals of educating the entire campus about their respective culture, gaining leadership skills, and opening their doors to the general public. These centers are not exclusive to their cultures, they are for the enjoyment and learning experience for the Knox student. Every center promotes the idea of inclusivity and diversity, getting everyone involved and allowing them to be engulfed by the histories that are within each house.
Some of the centers have been on the campus for a number of years while others are more recent constructions on campus. They represent what the values of the college and continue to progress and expand every year. For a list of the cultural centers on campus and some of their specific actions and duties click here.
For information about the cultural centers in conjunction with housing click here.
Students at Knox College can join many student-run organizations to broaden their academic and social horizons.
Sponsored by the student-led International Club, I-Fair is a chance for students from around the world to highlight their culture with arts and crafts, live dance and music performances, and unique cuisine.
"One of the College's largest annual events, International Fair -- also known as "I-Fair" -- brings a human dimension to intercultural and international relations," says Bob Seibert, Robert W. Murphy Professor of Political Science.
Held annually on the last Saturday in January, I-Fair celebrated its 30th year in 2011. The Fair has grown over the years, as Knox now draws students from more than 50 countries. The celebration attracts between 1,000-2,000 visitors to campus to enjoy more than 30 food tables in Seymour Union and an equal number of cultural booths in the Center for the Fine Arts.
History of I-Fair
Knox's first International Fair in 1982 was less than half the size of today's celebration, but its beginnings were neither small nor humble. The inaugural fair boasted booths from 12 countries, and it reflected Knox's growing interest in international education.
Internationalism at Knox has been integrated into the curriculum, student experiences, and community at large. We also operate our own study abroad programs in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, and Besancon and offer nearly 40 study abroad and off-campus programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and throughout the United States.
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