Welcoming the World to Columbia Since 1965


A hallmark of CCFI’s outreach to the USC community has been the Friday Lunch Hour. CCFI volunteers serve a complete lunch free of charge twice a month on Fridays at the Maxcy International House from 12:30 - 1:30pm.  All U.S. and international students and scholars are welcome. Maxcy is located on the USC campus behind the Horseshoe on Pendleton St.
Other special member and student programs are planned throughout the year and have included dinners and receptions, happy hours, tours of local sites, fundraising events, film screenings, and speakers. These events are announced throughout the year.


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
© 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

Fridays @ Maxcy

Maxcy International House at USC

Light Lunch served Free of Charge for Internationals

All International students, families, faculty and visitors

February  3, 10, 24,
March       17, 31
April          7, 21

Served 12:30 ~ 1:30
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 other’s traditions and culture.
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