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Orientation Programs


Alex Pia

Director of International Student Services


2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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International Pre-Orientation Program

Knox's International Pre-Orientation Program (IPOP) will be September 6-9, 2021. All new international students who will enter the U.S. on a visa are required to attend IPOP, and should arrive to Knox on Monday, September 6. If you are fall student-athlete, you may need to arrive before September 6. View the Move-in Schedule to learn more.

During IPOP, you'll have a chance to recover from jetlag, get items you may not have been able to pack, open a bank account, set up your cell phone, and begin learning about what to expect in a U.S. college classroom. You'll also meet your new classmates and current students, as well as learn more about Knox and Galesburg. Following IPOP, international students will participate in New Student Orientation for all new students. Transportation to campus from local airports, train, and bus stations will be available.

Permanent residents and U.S. citizens living abroad are also welcome to attend IPOP, and should arrive at Knox on September 6 if attending. Please contact the Office of International Student Services if you would like to attend.

Intensive English Language Program

International students whose first language is not English are also invited to take part in an Intensive English Language Program from August 17 to September 3. Learn more about this program, including fees and how to register.

What to Bring

Your residence hall room will be furnished with a bed, desk, chair, and a chest of drawers. Since space in your luggage will be limited, there will probably be many things like bedding, toiletries, and other necessities that you aren't able to bring. We will provide you with a set of bed sheets and a towel to get you started, and we will visit local shopping centers during IPOP. Our campus Share Shop is also an excellent place to find supplies for your dorm room.

Although the climate in Galesburg is generally considered mild, there are four distinct seasons, and extreme variations in temperature do occur. In the summer, the weather may be hot and sunny with temperatures between 65F (18C) and 100F (38C). In winter, Galesburg typically receives snow, and the temperature may vary from 20F (-6C) to 60F (16C). You may need to purchase winter clothing if you're from a warm climate. You'll have an opportunity to buy clothing for winter in Galesburg and surrounding areas.

View our packing list for more information about room furnishings and what to bring.

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Printed on Monday, October 18, 2021