The ISIC Association is the non-profit organisation behind the International Student Identity Card (ISIC).
The ISIC card is endorsed by UNESCO, supported by the EU Council for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport and many ministries of education and student organizations around the world.
The ISIC card allows students the world over to prove their official student status and make the most of thousands of targeted student benefits and discounts in over 130 countries.
Developed to help nurture cross-cultural understanding and international exchange, the card originally provided students with access to exclusive discounts on travel opportunities, allowing cardholders to discover and interact with new countries, cultures and languages at reduced rates.
Now, firmly in the digital age, the ISIC card has evolved to best meet the needs of the modern day student. Although travel benefits will always remain central to the card, ISIC cardholders also gain preferential and discounted access to over 150,000 products, services and experiences relevant to all aspects of student life. There are a multitude of offers available to ISIC cardholders, from educational courses, software licenses, digital communications, public transport and magazine subscriptions, to music streaming, cafés and eateries, music festivals, theme parks, sporting events, world heritage sites and more!
The ISIC card has been endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) since 1968. The card is recognised by universities, academic institutions, student unions, national governments, financial institutions and ministries of education around the world.
In addition to the ISIC, there are two more cards:
The ITIC was created especially for education professionals and is the only international proof of the teacher status.
The IYTC is the International Youth Travel Card for youths under 30 years old.
Like the ISIC, both cards are associated with discounts and benefits to their holders, in Portugal and in the world.