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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What is the ISIC card?
A. The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is the only internationally recognized proof of your status as a main course student of the respective institution, issued in nearly 130 countries. The card allows you to prove your student status worldwide, as well as access to over 150,000 discounts and privileges. It is endorsed by organizations such as UNESCO, the Council of Europe, and the Andean Community. The card is recognized by universities, academic institutions, student organizations, governments, and ministries of education worldwide. ISIC is available to all main course students at each institution. Year. There is no upper age limit. You can order the card online.
Q.How can I obtain a card?
A.Currently, ISIC JAPAN only accepts online purchases. In Japan, only virtual cards are issued. You can make your purchase here.
Q.What documents do I need to apply for a card?
A.The required documents differ depending on the card you wish to obtain.

    ISIC - International Student Identity Card
  • ・Student ID card - Name, date of birth, date of issue, and expiration date must be written on the card (both sides may be required).
  • ・Certificate of enrollment issued within the last 3 months
  • ・If you are currently on a leave of absence, a certificate of leave of absence.
  • ・If you are planning to study abroad, an image of the admission certificate of the school where you will be studying (must include conditions of acceptance) (*This applies to those who wish to have the certificate issued in the name of the school where they will be studying)

  • Please upload one of the above image data during the purchase process.

    ITIC - International Teacher Identity Card
  • ・Certificate of employment (conditions must be stated) - Name, date of birth, date of issue, and expiration date must be stated.

  • Please upload one of the above image data during the purchase process.

    IYTC - International Youth Travel Card
  • ・Official documents that can prove your age
  • (Passport, driver's license, insurance card, or other certificate with date of birth *My number card is not acceptable)

  • Upload the above image data during the purchase process.
Q. I purchased a card, do I need to activate it?
A. If your card is not currently activated, you can activate it online by visiting the Card Activation page.If you have an ISIC, IYTC, or ITIC card that also functions as a payment card (credit, debit, or prepaid card), for security reasons, please always provide the payment card number and CVV code when uploading the front image. Back of the card. You may use a small piece of paper to cover the relevant information before scanning or photographing the card. Alternatively, you can digitally edit the scan or photo of the card to cover the information. Card activation takes up to two business days for verification and processing. You will receive an email notification as soon as the activation is complete. Once your card is activated, you will have easy access to all online discounts and offers available on your card.
Q.How long is the card valid?
A. The card is valid for one year from the date of issue. (From the date of issue to the end of the same month of the following year.)
※The card will be invalidated when it expires due to graduation, retirement, etc.
※IYTC can be applied for until the last day of the applicant's 30th year of age (the day before the applicant's 31st birthday).
Q.I lost my card. What should I do?
A. Generally, ISIC cards are non-refundable and non-transferable, so you will need to purchase a new card. Please click here to purchase a new card.
Q.Can I use my card as an identification card?
A. The ISIC card serves as proof of student identity and can be used to identify you in various locations in multiple counties around the world. However, different countries may require different forms of personal identification. Therefore, please check local regulations before traveling. Note that ISIC cards are not accepted as identification in the U.S. and only government-issued identification cards are accepted in all regions of the country.
Q.How much does a card cost?
A. 2,200 yen (tax included). In addition, only virtual cards are issued in Japan.
You can purchase the card here.
Q.What is a "Regular Course Student"?
A. "Regular Student" is a student enrolled in a degree or diploma program.

  • The standard for issuing a diploma in Japan is for students who take classes every week for at least one year, and who are eligible for student discounts (fares, commuter passes, etc.) on JR and other public transportation.

  • Correspondence course students (university, junior college, high school) may be issued only for "Regular Course Student" and "Enrolled in All Subjects".

  • ※Short-term course students such as research students, auditing students, elective students, credited students, and special course students other than Regular Course students are not eligible for issuance.
Q.I am planning to go on to higher education, can I still be issued a card?
A. No. You are not a student until you graduate from school and start a new school.
(The International Student Identity Card is issued for the period of time that the school certifies your enrollment.)

  • It cannot be issued with a certificate of acceptance.

  • Once you graduate from each school and enter a new school, your ISIC Card will be valid until graduation. Cards with subsequent expiration dates will be issued after you have enrolled in the new school.