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ISIC - International Student Identity Card



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Following World War II and the Cold War, the Western world was focused on mutual cooperation and understanding and ultimately preventing a resurgence of fascism . This atmosphere gave impetus for student organisations to form, with the aim of working together for peace and cooperation throughout the world, even with their existing underlying political allegiances. One such student organisation, the International Student Conference (ISC) held their 3rd ISC at the Studenterforeningen’s Hus in Copenhagen. It was attended by National Unions of Students and Coordinating Secretariat of National Unions of Students (COSEC), Denmark, amongst others. The attending student organisations made the decision to establish a single international identity document valid for the perceived need of travel concessions. This is the first documented mention of the International Student Identity Card (ISIC). Many of the representatives of the ISC were also representatives of the International Student Travel Conference (ISTC). At the 4th International Student Travel Conference (ISTC), and following the decision made at the 3rd International Student Conference (ISC), the Norwegian and Netherlands Union of Students, in co-operation with COSEC, presented a document based on a Survey of the Council of Europe. The document concluded that the formation of an international student card would be of great benefit to students while travelling. The Norwegian and Netherlands Union of Students, in co-operation with COSEC accepted responsibility to form a Travel Aids Commission and “take the necessary steps to ensure that an International Student Identity Card be made available as soon as possible in as large a part of the world as possible” . Thus, the International Student Identity Card was founded with the aim to provide students worldwide with access to student facilities, wherever they travelled. It was agreed that the real value of the card would prove that the holder was a “bona fide” student . The first ISIC cards were produced by the Travel Aids Commission managed by the ISTC. Worldwide distribution began and 56,000 cards were issued amongst 31 countries in the first year .


Since its formation in 1946, UNESCO wished to create an organisation that embodied a culture of peace and solidarity. With involvement from 44 countries, ratification of 20 countries and representation from 30 governments, UNESCO had representation throughout the world and began to become involved in other organisations with similar aims and objectives of peace. The Educational Sector within UNESCO advocated similar aims to promote cultural integration and provide access to education. From 1955 UNESCO began to join the International Student Travel Conference and showed support and interest in the ISIC card. In 1968 UNESCO issued an official endorsement in full support of the ISIC card. UNESCO recognised the ISIC card as the only internationally accepted proof of full-time student status and a unique document encouraging cultural exchange and international understanding. The support of the UNESCO was fundamental in providing credibility and integrity to the mission of the card. Since 1993 the UNESCO logo has appeared on the card.


In the new millennium the need for a student card orientated to travel concessions was becoming less relevant than before due to societal changes such as worldwide economic decline, introduction of budget airlines, online flight booking and direct airline sales. Due to this decline, it was identified that the ISIC card and focus must be repositioned. Up until 2001, the ISIC card existed as a travel card and a student identity card but it was agreed that the discount aspect must be utilised and the card refocused as an everyday student lifestyle card. Positioning ISIC as an everyday lifestyle card would offer the students value and benefits in all aspects of their student life.


The Card holders get great number of discounts and special offers as they travel, visit museums, sights & attractions, cinema, clubs, cafes & restaurants, hotels, and many more.




ISIC Card offers the following advantages:

· it can easily replace 95% of discount cards;

· provides student discounts overseas;

· provides the right to get help in any place of the world 24/7 - Helpline (+44) 20-8762-8110.


Global ISIC network – 120 countries


ISIConnect - International telecommunication system for students

ISIConnect covers 148 countries of the world and gives you an opportunity to save up to 80% of the normal cost of long-distance calls.


In addition to that ISIConnect provides:

· Electronic safe;

· Personal fax;

· Voice-mail;

· E-mail;

· SMS;

· Support service.

ISIC Helpline - 24-hour multilingual emergency helpline

Legal assistance

In case of need you will be consulted on the issue interested, assisted in finding lawyers speaking your language, provided assistance in contacting your embassy.


Medical support

HelpLine will assist you in finding a qualified specialist in the country of visit. In case of unavailability of any medicine, ISIC HelpLine will help you deliver it.


General emergency support

HelpLine will deliver urgent messages to your family members, help you restore lost or stolen documents. You will also be assisted in changing your air-tickets or reservation.


Travelex - International currency exchange system

Interest-free currency & traveler's cheques exchange in any country of the world.
Instant money transfer and currency conversion in accordance with a standard national rate. Travelex offices are located in large airports, train-stations, and ports of the world.



Any full-time student aged 12 years and over, at high school, college or university is eligible for an ISIC card. As long as you're a student, it doesn't matter whether you're 12 or 112.



Generally, full-time student status usually means a minimum of 15 hours of study a week, for a minimum of 12 weeks per year.  However, this can vary from country to country.


ISIC in Kazakhstan

KAZRENA is the ISIC Provisional Licensed Authority (PLA) on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan and issues ISIC Cards for students of the higher education institutes (HEIs) of the country.

ISIC jointly with the Association of HEIs currently works with 27 HEIs and colleges of Kazakhstan in order to introduce the Card as an official student ID.


Co-branded ISIC/ITIC Cards in Kazakhstan contain logos of:


· Halyk Bank - The People's Bank of Kazakhstan;

· KAZRENA - Kazakhstan Research & Education Networking Association;

· Nazarbaev University;

· Aktobe State University;

· Kazakh Economic University;

· Aktobe State Pedagogic Institute and other



What is it for?

ISIC Card contains the information about the holder, the HEI, and the validity terms.

The Card can be used as a bank card, library ID, pass to a territory with the access control system, discount-card, and other.



Discounts in Almaty:



Beauty & Health

Shops & trade centers

Hotels & travel

How can I get the Card?

ISIC/ITIC Cards can be obtained at:


Olympia-Reisen Almaty

113 Furmanov str.

Almaty 050000

Republic of Kazakhstan

Tel.:+7 727 267 00 19

Fax:+7 727 258 11 47

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