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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

One Card, Many Functions

The ISIC card is now issued in 120 countries by 125 branches around the world. Each year, over 4.5 million students in the world use their ISIC card to take advantage of its benefits and services.
Charleston Travel Limited is the only entity authorized to operate the ISIC card In Kenya.
Today the ISIC has been repositioned in many countries from a student ID card related to international travel, towards a student ID card which can be used every day to get access to attractive benefits in all areas of student life: discounts and services ranging from flights to public transport, museums, cinemas, shopping and entertainment - at home and abroad. The ISIC today is a true ‘student lifestyle’ card
The ISIC card has been recognized and accepted for over 50 years around the world: it is the famous “green card”.
In January 2008, a new card design was introduced worldwide, the new the ISIC design is enable to be cobranded with Student Bank Cards or an Institutions Student ID. The ISIC doubles up as the official student card at more than 250 universities. The one card is both an internationally recognized global student ID, and the local university ID.  Often, it acts as a library and access card as well.
Co-branding your university card with the ISIC card gives your students access to a host of discounts and benefits with our other partners like Accor hotels, Microsoft and Hard Rock Cafe.
In 1953, students wanted their status to be recognized around the world through the introduction of an international student card using the same standard design.
The ISIC was launched shortly after World War II as a student ID card giving full-time students access to special student discount air fares. Students would automatically buy an ISIC to get access to these student discount air fares called ‘SATA’ tickets: uniform flight tickets providing special fares to full-time students.
The ISIC card was created and continues to be operated today by ISTC (International Student Travel Confederation). The ISIC Association, whose registered office is located in Amsterdam, was created in 1958 with the following purpose:
“To increase international understanding through the promotion of travel and exchange opportunities among students, young people and the academic community”

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