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Office of International Student Services
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
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. If your first language is not English, the Intensive English Language Program will provide an excellent opportunity to improve your English language skills, with particular emphasis on academic writing and speaking.
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.
The following resources will help you throughout your time at Knox and after:
Cultural centers and student clubs and organizations play an important role in the lives of many Knox students. Four cultural centers--International House, ABLE Center for Black Culture,Casa Latina, Asian Cultural Center and the Human Rights Center--promote cultural awareness and are open to all members of the Knox community.
Knox students are involved in more than one hundred clubs and organizations, which include cultural and political, religious, academic, social, and student governance organizations, as well as others. Joining a club or organization--or taking on a leadership role--is a great way to become involved at Knox.
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.
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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