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International Student Traveler IDs

There are several ID cards available to students, anyone under 26 of age, and teachers, which entitles them to discounts on air, bus, and rail fares and at museums, theaters, and other attractions.

The International Student ID Card (ISIC) is the most widely accepted student ID around the world. Cardholders must be in school full-time and at least 12 years old. For US cardholders, the card provides emergency medical coverage while they're abroad. The International Youth Travel Card (IYTC) is available to anyone 26 and the International Teacher Identity Card (ITIC) is available to any full-time teaching professional. Each of these cards costs USD$22 and is available from travel agencies catering to students. For more information, including a list of local offices where the cards can be purchased and and contact numbers, see the ISIC website at www.isic.org.

The International Student Exchange Card (ISE) (USD$25) offers similar discounts and benefits and is available to students, teachers, and anyone between the age of 12-26. For more information, including a list of local offices where the cards can be purchased and and contact numbers, see the ISE website at www.isecard.com.

In lieu of an ISIC or ISIE card, a school or university photo ID is sometimes sufficient — but don't count on it.

Student Travel Agencies

Several travel agencies specialize in discount flights, specials, tours, rail passes, accommodations, vacation packages, and tours for students and young adults. They're also a good place to buy travel insurance and international student ID cards. Don't automatically assume their prices are the lowest available; always compare their quotes against the prices available from the discount travel search and airline websites.

www.statravel.com With over 450 branches, STA Travel is the largest student travel agency in the world. In the US call 1-800-781-4040 toll-free, in the UK call 0871 230 0040. Check website for local contact information.
www.travelcuts.com Travel Cuts has offices in Canada and the US, along with student and youth travel affiliates and partners worldwide. In Canada call 1-866-246-9762 toll-free, in the US call 1-800-592-2887 toll-free. Check website for local contact information.
www.usit.ie USIT has offices across the Republic of Ireland, an office in Belfast (Call Center number 01 602 1906), and an office in Sydney, Australia (1 800 092 499). Check website for local contact information.
www.studentuniverse.com Student Universe is a discount travel website that searches dozens of major airlines for student, teacher, and young adult discounts. To receive discount fares, passengers will need to verify their status as a student/teacher or their age (18-25).

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