The International Student Identity Card is distributed in the U.S. primarily by STA Travel and recognized worldwide by museums, hostels, bus and train companies and others when providing student discounts. Discount cards are also available for youth under 26 and full-time teachers and professors. My biggest savings has always come from the ability to book student tickets and one-way travel at reduced prices through STA (though this benefit continues to decrease as airlines negotiate ever worsening contracts for student travelers). For these reasons, I continue to purchase and carry my ISIC every year.
However, there’s another way you can save on the ISIC card: don’t buy it in the U.S.!
ISIC cards sold in the U.S. cost a whopping $22, for the same benefits you receive with a card purchased in Europe for 12 euros (currently $16.80). Present your university student ID, a recent photograph and the fee at any agent here in Europe and you’re good to go for $5 less. You can find ISIC providers at your destination by searching at this website.
Anyone know what the 2007-08 ISIC costs in Asia or Latin America?