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Know Before You Go


Office of International Student Services

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Ford Center for the Fine Arts

Make sure you're prepared. Get the information you need about money, packing, healthcare, and more. 


The money you bring with you should be accessible in the form of traveler's check, bank draft, or credit or debit card. It's not a good idea to carry large amounts of cash. You'll be able to open a U.S. bank account very soon after arriving to campus, and can receive money wired to that account.  Your immediate expenses may include personal necessities, books, and a cell phone. If you're arriving early to the U.S., please make sure that you're prepared for the cost of meals and accommodations. Learn more about arrival days and getting to campus.


To accommodate the range of financial situations for our families, Knox offers several options to pay tuition, room and board, and other fees. Learn more about billing for new students.

Banking and Cell Phones

In the days after you arrive at 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 wellbeing are essential to your success as a student, but health care in the U.S. is likely very different from that in your home country. Before you come to Knox, you should familiarize yourself with health care in the U.S. and ensure that you have health insurance that will cover you in the U.S. Learn more about healthcare in the U.S. and insurance for international students

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 there will be plenty of opportunities to find other necessities after you arrive at Knox. View our packing list for more information.

Clothing for All Seasons

Although the climate in Galesburg is generally considered mild, international students should be aware that there are four distinct seasons, and extreme variations in temperature do occur. In the winter, the area may have 3-6 inches of snow, and the temperature may vary from 20F (-6C) to 60F (16C). In the summer, the weather may be hot and sunny with temperatures between 65F (18C) and 100+F (38C). 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, if you're not able to bring it with you. 

If you have any additional 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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