History

The ISIC Association is the non-profit organisation behind the International Student Identity Card (ISIC). The ISIC card is the only internationally accepted proof of bona fide student status.

First established in 1953, the ISIC card is now issued to students in over 133 countries. The ISIC card is not exclusive. All bona fide students age 13 and over, regardless of their nationality, race, gender or religion can purchase an ISIC card at an affordable price. Via one single card, ISIC students gain preferential and discounted access to products, services and experiences relevant to all aspects of student life, from software licenses and cinema access, to bookstores, public transport, cafés and eateries.

Through the wide range of opportunities available to cardholders, the ISIC Association aims to play a supporting role in improving intercultural understanding, increasing educational opportunities and facilitating student life across the world. Related to this, the ISIC card has been endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) since 1968.

The ISIC card is managed at a global level by the ISIC Global Office B.V., based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

60 Year Anniversary Documentary

2013 marked the 60th Anniversary of the International Student Identity Card (ISIC). To recognize ISIC’s 60 years of history, a short documentary was created featuring interviews with key people central to the ISIC and the significant milestones in the past and present.

ISIC 60th Anniversary documentary from ISIC Global Office on Vimeo.

The Future of the ISIC Card

In many countries, today’s ISIC card has gone through a transition. Next to its long-standing and solid reputation as the only internationally recognized student ID, ISIC is now also considered an all around student lifestyle card. Its members still enjoy discounts and services on flights and public transport, but they also benefit from discounts related to museums, shopping and entertainment – at home and abroad.

Today ISIC is:

    • The only UNESCO endorsed, globally recognized, form of Student ID
    • One low price, a full year of benefits for Students, Teachers and Youth
    • More than 160,000 discounts worldwide
    • Access to exclusive discounted airfare and travel through STA Travel
    • Travel Insurance Plans
    • 24 hour Emergency Helpline
    • ISIConnect Global Communications Package: Phone Card, SIMs, Cell Phones

Click below to grab your card today!

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