Facts & Figures


ISIC International Student Identity Card
Year created 1953
Created by The Dutch and Norwegian national student unions, at the International Student Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark (1953)
Organisation that governs the ISIC The ISIC card is owned and governed by the non-profit ISIC Association. The ISIC Association has its seat in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and is founding member Association of the non-profit World Youth, Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSETC). In Japan, the ISIC Association is represented exclusively by ‘ISIC Japan’.
Number of issuing countries 130+
Annual ISIC card distribution worldwide 5,000,000+
ISIC Card validity cycle Each ISIC card is valid for 16 months. The validity period of an ISIC card corresponds to the academic year in the country of purchase, with extra 4 months validity on top.
ISIC Card eligibility Students engaged in full-time higher, vocational or tertiary education and students in full-time secondary education, studying at a government licensed educational institution leading up to a government recognised diploma or degree.
Age limit Students must be a minimum of 12 years old to be eligible. There is no upper age limit for an ISIC card.
Number of discount partners worldwide 42,000+
Number of discount locations worldwide 125,000+
Cost of an ISIC card in Japan 1,750 Yen
Average saving per ISIC cardholder per year 10,700 Yen