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International Students


Office of International Student Services

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Ford Center for the Fine Arts

Welcome International Students!

Welcome to Knox! The Knox community is excited to meet you. During your first days at Knox, you'll have a chance to recover from jetlag, go shopping for items you may not have been able to pack, open a bank account, purchase a cell phone, and begin learning 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. Learn more about what you need to know before coming to the U.S.

Securing your Student Visa
Most international students at Knox enter on the F-1 student visa. Once you receive your Form I-20, sign the form, pay the SEVIS I-901 fee, and apply for a U.S. F-1 visa through a U.S. consulate or embassy. Find more information about your I-20 and applying for a visa.

Scheduling Your Arrival
New international students should arrive to Knox on March 20, 2017. You can move into your dorm room on March 20, and participate in an orientation program for new international students. If it's necessary for you to arrive early, you can arrange accommodations at one of several hotels in Galesburg.

Transportation to Campus
Transportation to campus will be provided from area airports (PIA-Peoria International Airport and MLI-Quad City International Airport), the Galesburg Amtrak Station, the Galesburg Bus Station, and the Peoria Charter Coach bus stop at Bradley University in Peoria, IL on January 1, 2017. You can learn more here about transportation options to campus. Please submit your travel plans by December 15 through the travel form on your admission portal. You can request ground transportation to campus through this form.

Arriving in the United States
You are allowed to enter the United States up to 30 days prior to the program start date listed on your Form I-20 (see "Program of Study"). Some students choose to travel to the U.S. to visit friends or family before traveling to Knox. You must arrive in the United States on or before the program start date.  If you attempt to enter the U.S. after this report date, you may be denied entry. Please notify the Office of International Student Services if your travel plans are delayed.

At the U.S. Port of Entry (Passport Control and Customs)
After you arrive in the U.S., you will need to present the following documents to the inspections officer (pack these items in your carry on bags):

  • Passport with F-1 visa (unless you are exempt from the visa requirement)
  • Form I-20 issued by Knox College
  • Admission letter
  • Evidence of financial resources (copy of Certification of Finances form, along with any bank statements, employment letters, tax forms, etc.)

The inspections officer will take a digital photograph of you and scan your fingerprints. The officer will stamp your passport and write “F-1” and “D/S”. “D/S” means "duration of status": you can remain in the U.S. as long as you remain a student in valid immigration status. If the officer does not mark your passport with the proper status or “D/S,” ask the officer about it so it can be corrected immediately. 

Learn more about getting a visa.

You'll register all of your immigration documents with the Office of International Student Services after you arrive.

Banking and Cell Phones
In the days after you arrive to Knox, you'll have the opportunity to open a bank account and purchase a cell phone. Learn more about banking in the U.S. and cell phones in the U.S.

Health & Wellness
Your health and well being are essential to your success as a student, but healthcare in the U.S. is likely very different from healthcare in your home country. Before you come to Knox, you should familiarize yourself with healthcare in the U.S. and ensure that you have health insurance that will cover you in the U.S. Please reference these resources


If you have any questions, please contact:

Rebecca Eckart
Associate Director of International Student Services
Office phone: +1-309-341-7163
Skype: Knox.Rebecca

Joshua Ferchau
Director of International Student Services and Admission
Office phone: +1-309-341-7136
Skype: Knox.Josh

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