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Pre-arrival Information

Transportation Information

  • What are the expected arrival dates?
    All new incoming international students are expected to arrive during the specified dates mentioned in their admission packets and the welcome letter sent by the Office of Intercultural Life.
  • Could I arrive before the expected arrival dates?
    Students cannot arrive before the expected arrival dates. International students have three designated days during which they can arrive. The dates for arrival dates are communicated in advance to all admitted International Students so they can make their flight arrangements around those dates. Students can arrive on any one of the three days.
  • What are the points of arrival?

    Monmouth College offers a one-time free pick up service to our incoming International Students. We pick up new international students at the following locations in Illinois:

    • Moline Airport (MLI) Flights to and From
      • Atlanta
      • Chicago
      • Dallas/Ft.Worth
      • Denver
      • Detroit
      • Memphis
      • Orlando
      • Minneapolis
    • Peoria Regional Airport (PIA) Flights to and From
      • Las Vegas
      • Chicago
      • Dallas/Ft.Worth
      • Atlanta
      • Minneapolis
    • Galesburg Amtrak Train Station

      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

    • Peoria Shuttle Bus Station

      (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.
    • 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 afterthe taxi drive-in entrance).

    This means you will need to send our 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 Airport or Moline Airport, or use the Peoria Shuttle Service (see their departure times from Chicago O’Hare Airport). If you have not heard back from our office confirming that we have received your arrival information, please send a follow up e-mail a few days later.

    You could also use the Amtrak Train from Chicago to get to Galesburg, Illinois if you arrive at O’Hare Airport, by checking the Amtrak 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 (Moline 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 service has different departure times. (See their schedule at the link above).

  • Taxi Service in Galesburg and Monmouth: 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 Moline 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 Moline Airport (MLI) or the Peoria Airport (PIA), and look for someone wearing a red T-shirt with “Monmouth College” written on it, holding a “Monmouth College” sign.

    If you arrive with the Peoria Shuttle Bus, just wait at the Bus drop off area at Peoria City, 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 above mentioned airports or the Amtrak train and Bus stations mentioned above. The college does not meet students at Chicago O’Hare or Midway airports.


  • What are the orientation dates?
    International and Overseas American Student orientation is scheduled after the expected arrival days through the Saturday before school starts.
    What is International and Overseas American Student Orientation about?
    International and Overseas American 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


All international students are required to have an immunization record and submit them to the Office of Residence Life prior to arrival. See below for the state of Illinois Immunization requirements.

Once the form is completed and signed by your physician, you can email it to the Office of Residence Life (attach the completed form and a copy of your immunization record). Exceptions can be made for some students who are not able to complete the immunization form. You can bring the form and your immunization records with you.

What to Pack?

The residence halls and houses have twin size beds and twin size mattresses. All students including International Students provide their own bed sheets, pillows and pillow cases, blankets etc. You can bring a set or two with you to use. You will also need warm clothes for the winter months starting in October through the end of 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 college house rooms are set up. The link also has a “What to pack list specifically designed for international students”.

Housing and Residence Life


The most important thing for you to do now is to fill out the Living Preference Form. The information provided by you in the form will help Residence Life staff in paring you with a student who has similar interests as you. This will also include a description of any medical concerns that might affect your hall placement. The Office of Residence Life starts housing international students in June with letters to going out around the end of July.

The college has residence halls designated for male and female freshmen. Some Junior and Senior residence halls are co-ed, The College also has fraternity and sorority housing and theme houses. The houses can house between 8-12 students. Premium housing which generally houses Juniors and Seniors has an additional charge.

Registration for classes

Host Family Program Placement

  • What is the host family program about?
    This is an optional program organized and overseen by the Director of International Student Services. Host families are volunteer families of Monmouth College faculty, staff and members of the city of Monmouth community. They provide a “home away from home” to our international students. International students do not live with the host families. If you choose to participate in this program you would visit these families and learn from them about American culture as they would learn from you about your culture.
  • How are students paired with a host family?

    We will ask you to fill out a host family survey that we share with prospective families to help us gauge your interest in our host family program. If you are interested in being placed with a host family please complete the survey and it will be automatically emailed back to the Office of Intercultural Life. There is no guarantee that every international student will be placed with a host family.  



The ESL/ELL/ EFL 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. If you are concerned about some of your English skills upon arrival, please notify the office of Intercultural Life as soon as possible. We will connect you with some assistance.