About ISTC


The ISTC’s mission is: “to increase international understanding through the promotion of travel and exchange opportunities among students, young people and the academic community.”

The International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC) is a not-for-profit organisation, founded in 1949 by the travel departments of a group of national student unions, to explore the needs of the growing numbers of student and youth travellers.

Thanks to ISTC, students, young people and teaching professionals have access to a global network of leading travel specialists, offering low priced flights, travel tickets, insurance, accommodation, work and study abroad programs as well as special deals on entertainment, sightseeing and shopping in countries all over the world.

Member organisations of the ISTC meet the changing needs of students and youth travellers by developing and negotiating new and reduced-cost products and services.

The ISTC network includes over 5000 offices in 106 countries worldwide, which collectively serve the needs of over 10 million student and youth travellers each year.

The International Student Identity Card
The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is the only globally recognised student identity document.The ISIC is the choice for over 4.5 million students, issued throughout 120 countries, with student access to over 40,000 benefits. Contact your local ISIC issuer and see more of your world with ISIC.

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