International Student ID Cards (ISIC)
Types of International ID Cards
The following internationally recognized cards entitle you to discounts offered around the world. The card is a picture ID with your name, date of birth, and the name of your institution (for students and faculty). A card can be purchased for $25.
Only these specific products are recognized internationally. Beware of imitations! You can purchase these cards in Ann Arbor at MyISIC.com.
Benefits of the International Student Identification Card include:
Discount on airfare
This is one of the major benefits. Special student travel agencies arrange for student discounts on international flights with certain airlines, which can save up to several hundred dollars per ticket.
Visit STA Travel’s website to see deals or call 1-800-332-5442
Discounts differ in each country. You should always show your card and ask if student/teacher/youth discounts are available when you purchase tickets. For transportation discounts, see the list of special agencies worldwide listed in the handbook that comes with your ID card.
Health and Accident Insurance
The purchase of an ID card includes a limited health and accident insurance policy, effective only outside the U.S. All bills must be paid by the student at the time of treatment and reimbursements will be made later.
This insurance coverage is not a substitute for a comprehensive health policy. It is an additional benefit designed to supplement your main health policy. If you do not have other insurance coverage, please speak with an advisor at the U-M International Center about comprehensive policies. U-M students, faculty, and staff are eligible for the U-M Travel Health Insurance Plan which provides comprehensive coverage at only $1.10/day. ID cards purchased outside the U.S. do not carry health insurance benefits.
There is a toll-free 24-hour ISIC Emergency hotline for cardholders. While overseas, call the number on the back of the ISIC card to speak to a legal, travel, or medical advisor. Services include:
How to get an International ID Card
Visit STA Travel’s Website. You must provide proof of your status as a full-time or part-time student in a degree-granting institution. Students must provide a current photograph (1x1).
Proof of Student Status.
Students of any age may apply for the card, but in some countries students are eligible for discounts (especially discounts on train tickets) only if they are under age 26.
Proof of Faculty Status
Bring your faculty ID card. Faculty status is defined by U-M, including research positions
Bring proof of your age such as a drivers' license or passport
Last reviewed: 02/13