03. Palmetto Council for International Visitors (PCIV)

The Palmetto Council for International Visitors (PCIV) is a committee of the Columbia Council for Internationals (CCFI) and the Columbia World Affairs Council (CWAC) that is designated by the U.S. State Department as the Midlands affiliate to receive visitors under the GlobalTies/USA Program. 

CCFI is a non-profit, non-partisan, all-volunteer group organized in 1965 to offer assistance to college and university students and profesionals 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.

CWAC is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization 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.

In recent years, South Carolina has experienced rapid growth in its international politics, culture, and business. Devoted to promoting global understanding and international relationships, PCIV 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.