The Committee for International Visitors is a committee of the Columbia Council for Internationals and the Columbia World Affairs Council that is designated by the U.S. State Department as the Midlands affiliate to receive visitors under the GlobalTies/USA Program.
In recent years, South Carolina has experienced rapid growth in its international politics, culture, and business. Devoted to promoting global understanding and international relationships, the Committee for International Visitors (CIV) and its joint venture partner, CWAC, offer a wide range of resources, cross-cultural exchanges, and benefits that allow for international visitors to have valuable and lasting experiences during their stay in the United States.
Columbia Council for Internationals (CCFI) is a non-profit, non-partisan, 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.
Columbia World Affairs Council (CWAC) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 1993 that serves as the bridge between Columbia, South Carolina and its global counterparts. CWAC is a member of the national World Affairs Councils of America network and also administers the Sister City relations for the city of Columbia.