ISIC: international student identity card coupled with a myriad of discounts
The ISIC offers a number of discounts for your journey, leisure activities and many things more – these benefits are not only available to you in Switzerland but accessible worldwide! There are over 150.000 benefits in more than 130 countries waiting for you. At the same time, the ISIC serves you as official proof of student status all around the world. Get the ISIC now!
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The ISIC association is the non-profit organisation issuing the International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which is the only internationally accepted proof of bona fide student status and provides all cardholders access to more than 150.000 benefits available in over 130 countries. Born out of the idea to establish a single, international identity card serving as universal proof of bona fide student status, the ISIC was first created in 1953 by a group of pioneering students and has been officially recognized and endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) since 1968. Originally developed to provide students with access to discounts on travel opportunities, the ISIC allowed cardholders to discover new countries, languages and cultures and thereby helped nurture cross-cultural understanding and international exchange. Simultaneously, the ISIC aimed to grant students access to all student institutions and services when travelling.
Even today, travel benefits remain central to the card. The ISIC provides a multitude of discounts for flights, hotel accommodation and other public transportation. Additionally, the ISIC provides preferential and discounted access to magazines, online shops, museums and amusement parks, cafés and eateries, services, and mobile phone tariffs.
All full-time students 12 years and older may obtain an ISIC card. The ‘Erste Bank’, a cooperation partner that has been with the ISIC since the start, offers to students a special combination package of the ISIC and a student -account. There are no fees for account management and the ISIC is obtainable at no charge. Benefits are also available to youth and young adults 30 years and younger with the International Youth Travel Card (IYTC) and full-time teachers and professors with the International Teacher Identity Card (ITIC). ISIC, IYTC, and ITIC respectively cost 15 Euro and are valid for a year starting from the issuing date.