Welcoming the World to Columbia Since 1965


CCFI volunteers meet arriving internationals at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport or Greyhound bus station and transport them to their temporary or permanent living arrangements.

Arrival Application
(c) 2015, Columbia Council for Internationals
PO Box 50954
Columbia, South Carolina 29250-0954


Michelle Kwan, 5-time World Figure Skating Champion and Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, explains how you can learn about the world without leaving your community. If you're ready, click here to learn more about The Palmetto Council for International Visitors, a committee of Columbia Council for Internationals and how we can help you expand your world.
Palmetto Council For International Visitors (PCIV)

The Palmetto Council for International Visitors (PCIV), is a committee of CCFI that is designated by the US State Department as the Midlands affiliate to receive visitors under their National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) program. The CCFI is a non-profit, all-volunteer group organized in 1965 to offer assistance to college and university students and professionals who visit the Columbia Metro area from foreign countries. The CCFI is officially recognized by the University of South Carolina to offer support services to international students.
If you would like to mail in your application please
and complete this form and mail to: 

Columbia Council for Internationals
PO Box 50954
Columbia, South Carolina

If you have any questions, please contact membershipccfi@gmail.com
Community Friends Program

The Community Friends Program helps match international students and visitors with Midlands American families.  It is a great way to make all international visitors feel welcomed, accepted and valued and to help international visitors transition to their new surroundings.  It is also a great way to learn about and share each otherís traditions and culture.
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