International Students

International Students

Columbia International University is truly international.

We have alumni from more than 40 countries who are working in ministry, missions and the marketplace in more than 150 countries and territories around the world.

And our faculty have lived and worked “To Know Him and Make Him Known” in more than 25 nations, sometimes for several years or more at a time.

Who is an International Student?

If you are not a citizen of the United States you are classified as an international student. International students are non-immigrants to the United States and need a temporary U.S. visa. If accepted to CIU, we will provide you Form I-20 so you can begin the visa process and apply for your visa. The available student visa at CIU is F-1.

International students planning to study strictly online from outside the United States are not required to have an F-1 visa. Transcript evaluations and applicable TOEFL test scores are still required.

You are not considered an international student if you hold dual citizenship or are a permanent resident of the United States. Permanent residents are required to submit proof of residency along with their application.

International students are required to have financial certification of funds which will be applied to their CIU tuition and fees. Make note of all application deadlines and fees so that your application process is not interrupted.

When you arrive at CIU, International Student Services will help make your transitions to campus life easier.

We also invite you to download the PDF version of the CIU International Student Booklet.

Ready to apply? We are when you are.

Questions? 

Contact Nicole Brooker, international student admissions counselor, at (803) 807-5345 or by email.