CIU News

  • Unique fully online Ph.D. in Biblical Studies coming to CIU

    Columbia International Unversity is leading the way in North America with a new and unique Ph.D. being offered in Columbia Biblical Seminary (CBS).

    Beginning in fall 2019, CBS will be the first seminary in the United States or Canada to offer a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies using a fully-online modified European model that focuses on researching and...

  • CIU alumni Carlton Deal and Raphael Anzenberger
    CIU alumni instrumental in European prayer breakfast

    Columbia International University alumnus Dr. Raphael Anzenberger had the unique opportunity of addressing the 2018 European Prayer Breakfast held in Brussels, Belgium in December. The annual event links followers of Jesus from around the European Union in prayer and fellowship.   

    Anzenberger, a native of France, is the director of...

  • CIU men give their all in Spartan Race

    By Jordan Gottfried

    “We believe that you can’t have a strong body without a strong mind, that you can’t grow without pressure, that obstacles help shift our frame of reference and make us more resilient.” ~ Spartan Race Inc.

    I had the great opportunity to be a Spartan Ram, alongside fellow Columbia International University students...

  • Joanna Railey, Grace Hipp and Essie McCurdy celebrate Christmas at CIU.
    CIU Family Celebrates Christmas

    By Ireland Kost and Bob Holmes

    Columbia International University students mingled with over 550 faculty and staff members of CIU and Ben Lippen School and their families at a huge night time outdoor Christmas celebration of the birth of Christ hosted by CIU President...

  • CIU ready to assist Virginia College students

    Here is good news for Virginia College students! Columbia International University is ready to assist you in the transferring of your credits toward appropriate CIU programs.

    Virginia College closed in December, but that doesn’t mean students are without an opportunity to continue their education. And CIU stands ready to help.

    If you’re a Virginia College student, or...

  • Alanna Batterman ministered to refugees living in the Columbia area.
    Intercultural Studies majors find cross-cultural ministry in Columbia

    By Naomi Balk

    CIU Student Writer

    As Columbia International University senior Emma Grace Ballentine was being served food by her Malaysian hostess, she sensed something was wrong.

    “She was burning her hands (by) using a towel as she was serving us food,” said Ballentine recalling one of the first times her refugee friend hosted her for...

CIU alumni Jeremy Reasoner and Emily Moore.

Popular Columbia theatre also casts two CIU alumni brother-sister duos

Two sets of brother-sister alumni are playing major roles in a theatre production of the classic tale of...

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Coach Jud Brooker shows off Mondotrack surface.

Columbia International University Track Coach Jud Brooker was all smiles when the trucks arrived in July delivering the much anticipated Mondotrack surface to the CIU/Ben Lippen School campus....

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International Institute of Christian School Educators meets in Columbia

By Bob Holmes


Argenis Taveras makes the trip from the Dominican...

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By Bob Holmes

CIU Rams Basketball player Tyrone Dantzler says as a Christian athlete he tries to be an example of God’s love and is embracing his role as a leader. That...

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Jordan Sprueill poses with U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia

Jordan Sprueill meets the influential; keeps things in perspective

By Bob Holmes

Columbia International University senior Jordan Sprueill was walking the...

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Columbia International University students are expressing their appreciation for the faithful support of CIU donors who helped us exceed our fiscal year end goals. It’s through the...

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C. Adam Buckler

By Bob Holmes

The president of a Bible college in Indiana says his online seminary studies at Columbia International University greatly assists him in the various aspects of...

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In the halls of the Senate: CIU President Mark Smith with SC Senator Tim Scott

Columbia International University President Dr. Mark Smith led a CIU delegation to Washington, D.C. in June introducing South Carolina legislators to CIU’s mission, as well as CIU’s...

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Two Columbia International University students explore the current state of global missionary work in the African-American church through a historical perspective. Linda Saunders and Michelle...

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Shirin Taber speaking at CIU in 2016

A Columbia International University Intercultural Studies student is mobilizing women to counter violent extremism.  

Shirin Taber, who is enrolled in CIU’s online M.A. in...

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Drainage improvements

“They’re tearing up the track” at Ben Lippen School!

During track and field season, that idiom takes on one meaning describing the fastest athletes. But this summer, it...

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Kim Abbott talks to the media in 2012.

CIU's first athletics director Kim Abbott has returned as assistant athletics director. Abbott served as athletics director from 2010-2016 building the program from the ground...

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