The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Association is a member of the World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSE Travel Confederation), a not-for-profit organisation which brings together world-leading specialists in student and youth travel services. Founded in 1953, we will be celebrating our 60 birthday next year.
The International Student Identity Card
The ISIC Association’s main product is the ISIC card, the only internationally accepted proof of full-time student status. It is endorsed by organisations such as UNESCO, the European Council on Culture and the Andean Community of Nations. The card is recognised by universities, academic institutions, student organisations, national governments and ministries of education around the world.
ISIC card in Ireland
The International Student Identity Card has been sold in Ireland since the 1970’s. Student Benefits Ltd were appointed as the official ISIC license holder for Ireland in May 2010. Our mission is to develop and deliver to students, youth and teachers a wide variety of benefits and advantages covering all areas of culture, entertainment, leisure, sports and travel.
Who uses the ISIC card?
The ISIC card is used by over 4.5 million full-time students in 120 countries every year. It gives students access to tens of thousands of student services and benefits worldwide.
The ISIC Association also manages two alternative cards, with similar benefits. The International Youth Travel Card (IYTC card) is for anyone aged under 26. Full-time teachers and professors can get an International Teacher Identity Card (ITIC card).
The ISIC card accounts for approximately 95% of the ISIC Association’s card sales.
ISIC card distribution
ISIC cards are distributed in 120 countries through a network of Licensed Authorities, which are usually leading student travel organisations or student unions.
In each country, these Licensed Authorities are exclusively responsible for ISIC card sales, distribution and marketing, as well as for building and managing the portfolio of benefits in that country. ISIC cards are issued through Licensed Authorities’ own branches, and through distribution partnerships with other organisations (Appointed Offices) such as universities and banks.
In countries without a Licensed Authority, the ISIC card is distributed through Appointed Offices only, which are directly managed by the management organisation IAS in The Netherlands.
Each country has a fixed retail price for the ISIC card, which varies between €4 and €20.
ISIC card design and brand
In early 2008 the ISIC card was redesigned, to make it easier to incorporate logos of brand co-partners while retaining the familiar ISIC card identity.
A new and stronger logo was designed to make it easier to use online, where branding space is minimal.
How is the ISIC Association run?
The ISIC Association is a membership organisation Its members are the 52 Licensed Authorities worldwide. The members come together once a year in an annual general meeting (AGM). At the AGM the members vote on changes to the constitution, convention, association budget and other important matters that relate to the ISIC Association.
Each year at the AGM the members elect 5 new board members on the 10 member board (terms are for two years) The Board meets four times per year. At the first board meeting after the AGM, the chair of the board meeting is elected by the board members.
The ISIC Association is the sole shareholder of the legal entity ‘ISIC Global Office BV’ (IGO). IGO manages and administers the ISIC Association from its office seat in Amsterdam. The General Manager of the ISIC Association reports to the board in the board meetings and together with the ISIC Board to the members in the AGM.
The IGO is a not-for-profit organisation. Positive surpluses made are gifted to the ISIC Association. The ISIC Association uses these funds build strong reserves aimed at the organisation’s continuity, and to invest back into projects related to the ISIC card or to education in general.
The ISIC Association is a founding and longstanding member of the World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation. In addition, the ISIC Association is currently candidate-affiliate member in the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and has an endorsement agreement with the UNESCO.