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bathrooms are located on each hall, and free laundry facilities are located on both sides of campus. Each residence hall is
equipped with WiFi and satellite TV.
Pine View apartments offer on-campus housing for CIU students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Efficiency, one, two, and three
bedroom units are available. Each bedroom has its own bathroom and walk-in closet. All apartments come with kitchen
appliances as well as a washer and dryer, available cable TV, and high-speed internet. For more information, visithttp://pineview.ciu.edu/ .
There is a wide range of off-campus housing possibilities. The Student Life Office maintains a database of available housing
on our website atwww.ciu.edu/studentlife/off-campus/list.php
CIU strives to provide a hospitable environment for its many international students. Many faculty members have significant
overseas ministry experience.
A special international student handbook is published each year to introduce international students to the life of the school
and the community. The school’s emphasis on cross-cultural ministry and biblical studies provides an atmosphere in which
international students are encouraged to relate biblical truth to their cultures and in which North American students are
encouraged to appreciate other cultures and consider how the Scriptures may be lived out and communicated in those
Many international students and families live in the Columbia area, most attending the University of South Carolina. This
large international community and the many churches in the area provide a variety of learning and ministry experiences.
The Student Life Office informs, encourages and helps international students and their families with non-academic concerns,
including transition issues and immigration policy and paperwork.
Married Student Services
The Married Student Association coordinates events designed to include the whole family. Wives Fellowship meets monthly
to encourage and equip student, staff and faculty wives. Student spouses and families are also encouraged to be involved
in other activities of the student body. Spouses are encouraged to enroll in an academic program or individual courses.
(See “Spouse Tuition Benefits” in the Financial Aid section of this catalog.)
New Student Orientation
Connect:CIU assists both new students and parents of undergraduates in their preparation for college life at CIU. The
orientation program provides a comprehensive introduction to the CIU community and CIU’s educational philosophy. While
being informative, Connect:CIU is also an opportunity for fun and fellowship.
All entering undergraduate students are required to attend Connect:CIU. Orientation information is mailed to all accepted
students. Undergraduate students who are unable to attend must notify the Student Life Office prior to the August or January
CIU operates a full-service post office for faculty, staff, and students with regular afternoon hours throughout the academic
year. Students are assigned a personal post office box for receiving mail. The Post Office sells stamps, postcards, and air
forms and receives and forwards letters and packages for the U.S. Postal Service. UPS, FEDEX, and DHL are also available
for deliveries and mailings.
Student Organizations help foster the mission of CIU among the student body. The various student leaders represent
student concerns and needs to the administration and organize a variety of student events. Some organizations serve the
entire student body, while others are specific to undergraduate or graduate students.