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  • 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...

The Distance Education and Media Development (DEMD) department of Columbia International University is the winner of two national awards for innovative online learning. 

The Course-of-...

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By Abbey Shoemaker


CIU Student Writer


“God’s Plan, Your Part” was the theme of this year’s World Christian Week, an annual conference emphasizing CIU’s core...

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Dr. Warren Larson, the director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at Columbia International University, is a former missionary to Pakistan. Often sought out for his expertise in the area of...

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A Columbia International University alumnus is a finalist for South Carolina Teacher of the Year.  D. Craig Andrysczyk (pronounced: an-DRY-sack) graduated from CIU's Undergraduate School in...

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By Lenae Simpson


CIU Student Writer


Enrolling at Columbia International University comes with a warning.


“The classes are transformational. ...

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Columbia International University students have set up a prayer tent on campus and are praying for the nations of the world nearly non-stop this week.  The “Prayer for the Nations” is part of...

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Being a teenage girl can be tough in this day and age.  That’s why Columbia International University is a sponsor of “Girls of Grace.”   It’s a one-day event for girls ages 12-17...

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A South Korean television production company conducted nine interviews during a full day of video shooting on the campus of Columbia International University as part of a documentary on Christian...

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About two dozen alumni of the Youth Ministries program at Columbia International University returned to their alma mater for the third annual CIU Youth Worker Retreat Feb. 7-9.  The time of...

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By Abbey Shoemaker


CIU Student Writer


Columbia International University commemorated Black History Month with a week of chapels that focused on “healing the...

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Dr. James E. Lanpher

Dr. James E. Lanpher is the new provost at Columbia International University. Lanpher comes to CIU from Trinity College of Florida where he has served as vice president for academic affairs since...

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Columbia International University 1988 Alumnus of the Year, The Rev. P. T. Chandapilla went to be with the Lord on Dec. 7 after a long illness. He was 84 years old.

Chandapilla, a 1955...

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