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Prior to Arrival Information

What are the expected arrival dates?

All new incoming international students are expected to arrive during the specified dates in their admission packets and the welcome letter from the Office of Intercultural Life.

Could I arrive before the expected arrival dates?

No. students cannot arrive before the expected arrival dates. International students are given three days during which to arrive. Students can arrive on any of the three days.

What are the points of arrival?

We pick up new international students at the following locations

  • Quad City International Airport (MLI)
  • Peoria International Airport (PIA)
  • Galesburg Train Station
  • Peoria Shuttle Bus Station - at Peoria's City Link

This means you will need to send the office all of your arrival dates and times, flight numbers and arrival locations (in English), via email. Please make arrangements when planning your trip to have a connecting flight to either Peoria International Airport or Quad City International Airport, or use the Peoria Shuttle Service (see their departure times from Chicago O’Hare Airport). If you have not heard from out office about receiving your arrival information, please send a follow up e-mail a few days later.

You could also use the Amtrak Train from Chicago if you arrive at O’Hare Airport, by checking their website. Also note that you will spend a great deal of time upon arrival at the airport, going through immigration, customs and baggage claim so plan for at least 2 hours in between time for making the connections either by air (Quad City or Peoria airports) or by train (it takes about an hour to get to the train station from O’Hare Airport. The Peoria Shuttle bus has different departure times. (See their schedule at the link above). 

Quad City International Airport (MLI)

Information regarding flights can be found at the Quad City International Airport website.

Peoria International Airport (PIA)

Information regarding flights can be found at the Peoria International Airport website.

Peoria Charter Bus to Midway and O’Hare from Peoria

(See their website for additional info)

Going to: O’Hare Airport, Midway Airport, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Woodfield, Oakbrook, Joliet, Pontiac and Normal-Monday-Sunday, 4:00 a.m - 6:00 a.m

Peoria Charter Bus to Midway and O’Hare from Macomb

Going to: O’Hare Airport, Midway Airport, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Woodfield, Oakbrook, Joliet, Pontiac, Normal, Morton, Peoria. (These services are available when Western Illinois University is in session).

  • Thursdays 4:15 p.m.
  • Friday 12:40 p.m. & 4:15 p.m.
  • Sunday 9:00 p.m.

Galesburg Amtrak

To Chicago 7:30 a.m, 11:29 a.m, 12:10 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Call 309-342-8993 or see the Amtrak website for reservations.

Traveling by CTA Train From Chicago O'Hare Airport to Chicago Union Station for Amtrak Train to Galesburg Station

(Total estimated travel time from O'Hare to Union Station : 1 hour 15-20 minutes)

All Amtrak trains of Chicago depart/leave from Union Station. The best way to travel between the airport and Union Station is by the CTA rail trains. Beware that private shuttles run much less frequently than CTA trains do (about once an hour compared to every 10 minutes), and so on average you are not going to save much time you and will spend about 5 times the train cost on most shuttles. Trains do not get stuck in Chicago traffic, which is terrible. Please look over the following maps and print them out or save them for use on this trip:

Find the CTA Station

(Estimated travel time 15 min)

  1. You need to find the CTA station (the O'Hare station on the Blue line). If your flight arrived at terminals 1, 2 or 3, just follow the signs "Trains to City" from any terminal. The walk takes about 10 minutes. If you are at Terminal 5, you will to take the Airport Transit System (ATS) then look for "Trains to City" signs or "Airport Transit System".
  2. Take the automated train to Terminal 3.
  3. Take an escalator up.
  4. Turn left.
  5. Walk to the elevators in the parking building.
  6. Take an elevator down to the "CTA" level.
  7. Follow the hallway to the CTA station.

Take the CTA Train to the Clinton Stop

(Estimated Travel time 45 min)

The fare is $5. Buy a single-ride ticket from the fare card machines (cash, debit or credit cards).

  1. Get the card and receipt.
  2. Go through the turnstiles to the boarding platform. (all trains are on the blue line there)
  3. Take train to the Clinton stop on the Blue line. (Trains run every 5-10 minutes. The Blue line operates regularly. There is no last train.)

From the Clinton CTA Station to Union Station

Union Station is two blocks (300m) north of the Clinton station stop (map).

(Estimated walk time 5 minutes)

  1. Take the escalator up and walk north along Clinton street (there is a sign pointing in the direction of Union Station at the exit).
  2. You will see an entrance to Union Station near the intersection with Jackson (there is also an accessible ramp down into the station on its Clinton side just after the taxi drive-in entrance).

Taxi Service: United American Cab

The Taxi Service may be reached by telephoning 309-343-4444, 309-341-6161, 309-342-6161 or 309-371-1555. Service between Galesburg and Monmouth (up to 4 people and luggage) is about $25. Between Moline and Monmouth (up to 4 people and luggage) the charge is about $46. Please call if your group is 5 or more people at least 24 hours in advance.

Where do I wait to be picked from up upon arrival?

Upon arrival at the Peoria or Quad City airports, an orientation leader from Monmouth College will be there to greet you and provide transportation to the college. Please wait at the baggage claim area at Quad City International Airport (MLI) or the Peoria International Airport (PIA), and look for someone wearing a red T-shirt with “Monmouth College” written on it and holding a “Monmouth College” sign.

If you arrive with the Peoria Shuttle Bus, just wait at the Bus drop off area at Peoria City Link, and look for the Orientation Leader holding the Monmouth College sign.

If you arrive at the Galesburg Train Station wait at the waiting area inside the Train Station and look for the same signs (red T-Shirt, Monmouth College sign)

Can I arrive anywhere other than the specified locations?

No. The college can only pick up students from the specified locations, so students need to make connections to the nearby airports or train and shuttle stations mentioned above. The college does not meet students at Chicago O’Hare or Midway airports.

What are the orientation dates?

International student orientation is scheduled after the expected arrival days through the last Saturday before school starts.

What is international Student orientation about?

International student orientation provides students with information that will be useful for them as they start their new academic career in Monmouth. International Student Orientation provides essential information on:

  • U.S. immigration regulations governing employment, travel and course load
  • U.S. education system, resources, academic success
  • Adjustment to the U.S. culture
  • Monmouth College registration procedures, residence and student life
  • Health Insurance, Fee billing and meal plans


How do I submit my completed immunization/health history and physical examination form?

Monmouth College Immunization Requirements

Once the form is completed and signed by your physician, you can email it to Residence Life (attach the completed form and a copy of your immunization record). You can also bring the form and your immunization records with you.

What if I cannot trace the records of my immunization?

In that case you will be required to take the immunizations here when you arrive. This is a requirement by the State of Illinois Health Department.


The residence halls and houses have twin size beds equipped with twin size mattresses. All students including International Students provide their own beds sheets, pillows and pillow cases. You can bring a set or two with you to use. You will also need winter and warm clothes for the winter months from late November through February.

See the link here for items that domestic students/American students could bring. This is to give you an idea of how our residence halls and houses’ rooms are set up. also at the link is a “What to pack list specifically designed for international students”.

Do you have a shopping trip for international students to purchase additional needed items?

Yes, during the orientation, we will organize a shopping trip for students to purchase items they could not bring with them from their home countries.

It is very important that you bring at least one set of sheets to use on the first few days, before the shopping day (during the orientation).

Housing and Residence Life

I know I will be assigned a room and a roommate after I fill out the housing preference form. Can I change rooms or roommates before I get to campus?

No, not before you arrive on campus. Usually the office of residence life will accommodate room and roommate change requests two weeks after school starts. More information about this subject will be covered during orientation.


The most important thing for you to do now is to fill out the Living Preference Form. That form will tell Residence Life personnel a great deal about you and it is the tool that helps Residence Life place you with a roommate with similar interests. It will also include a description of any medical concerns that might affect students’ hall placement. Residence Life begins housing for international students in June with letters to go out around the last week of July.

The college has freshmen residence halls, which are only for males and others that are only for females. The Junior and Senior residence halls are co-ed, that is, for both males and females to live there. We also have fraternity and sorority housing and a few theme houses, like, Intercultural House and Presbyterian House. The houses typically have 8-12 students at a time. The premium housing, which generally houses juniors and seniors and some transfer students, are called premium housing because they cost more to live there.

Registration for classes

How do I get registered for classes?

Registration for classes will start in early June. The Registrar and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will contact you with more details. You will be assigned an academic advisor after your initial course registration is complete.

Host Family Program Placement

What is the host family program about?

This is an optional program organized and overseen by the Office of Intercultural Life. Host families are volunteer families comprised of Monmouth College faculty, staff or members of the Monmouth community. They serve as families “away from home” to international students. If you choose to participate in this program you would visit these families and learn from them as they learn from you. You would not live with the host families.

How are students placed?

We will ask you to fill out a host family survey that we share with prospective families, who express interest in hosting international students. Attached you will also find a brief survey to help us gauge interest of students in our host family program. If you are interested in being placed with a host family please complete the attached survey and email it back to the office of intercultural life. There is no guarantee that ALL students will be placed with a host family. Students are placed as we learn of volunteer families who are willing to host students.

The ESL/ELL Program is administered through the Office of Intercultural Life with the help of the Dean of Faculty and the Registrar’s offices, with the help of Writing Center Tutors.