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Here, we respond to questions we have received about ISIC cards.


Q1 : Could you tell me about the functions and uses of the International Student Identity Card?
Q2 : I would like to get one, but there is no Co-op at my university. What should I do?
Q3 : What should I do if the card is lost or stolen?
Q4 : Can I use the card after I have graduated?
Q5 : Is it possible to apply by proxy?
Q6 : What should I do if it expires?
Q7 : What are the discounts like?
Q8 : Is it possible to acquire the card without any purpose of going overseas?
Q9 : The discounts applied in the country I am going to seem less...
  Q1 Could you tell me about the functions and uses of the International Student Identity Card?
A1. ISIC is a student ID used worldwide that has been endorsed by UNESCO.
It can be used as a replacement for Japanese student ID, so it is also useful in preventing the theft or loss of your passport as you do not need to carry about your passport while traveling.
ISIC also gives you access to discount services in a variety of facilities, enables you to receive advice on issues such as health and visas using the ISIC Emergency Help Line available in Japanese. The Help Line provides a 24-hour service that can be accessed from anywhere in the event of an emergency such as legal trouble to ensure that you have a safe and economical journey.
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  Q2 I would like to get one, but there is no Co-op at my university. What should I do?
A2. If there is no Co-op at your school or you are unable to go to the Co-op, there are two ways to obtain a card.
One is to directly apply at a nearby issuing office and the other is to apply by post. Click here for details.
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  Q3 What should I do if the card is lost or stolen?
A3. Procedures to stop the use of your card must be taken immediately if your card is lost or stolen.
Notify the University Co-op Tourism office of your passport name, date of birth and school name by e-mail, telephone or FAX.
You must complete the procedures for issuing a new card if you require a new one. Please do so by sending the necessary documents and fee.
Note that a card issued in Japan cannot be sent overseas if your old card is lost or stolen overseas.
Have a representative apply and send the card to you.
In order to be able to do this, you must leave the necessary documents with a family member before departing.

University Co-op Tourism Head Office
PHONE: 03-5307-1155
FAX: 03-5307-1187
E-MAIL:
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  Q4 Can I use the card after I have graduated?
A4. Once you graduate, you may no longer use the card even if it has not yet expired.
People aged under 26 may obtain an International Youth Travel Card (IYTC) upon graduation.
See here for details.
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  Q5 Is it possible to apply by proxy?
A5. Proxy applications are possible if the necessary documents are provided.
The proxy must provide personal identification when making a proxy application.
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  Q6 What should I do if it expires?
A6. You need to apply for a new one.
Apply with the necessary documents and fee.
An ISIC card for the following year is issued from December 1 every year. We recommend your advanced application for a new card if you have travel plans in the following year to avoid the expiration during travelling. If it occurs, have a proxy in Japan apply for you and then send the new card to you.
In order to be able to make a proxy application, you must leave the necessary documents with a family member before departing.
Please destroy expired cards using scissors, etc.
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  Q7 What are the discounts like?
A7. It varies depending on the location but historical sites and museums tend to offer 10-50% discounts or offer free entry.
There are also many countries that offer discounts for movie, theatre and opera tickets.
It is dangerous to carry your passport around while overseas.
You can feel secure using ISIC instead of your passport when identifying yourself and borrowing phone guides in museums, etc.
See the WYSETC website to search for discount information.
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  Q8 Is it possible to acquire the card without any purpose of going overseas?
A8. Yes. You can.
Even if you do not intend to go overseas, it is also useful when visiting art galleries, museums and ferries in Japan. As of May 2007, as many as 39 discounts are available in Japan.
The valid term is 16 months from December 1 every year instead of being based on the issue date. Because of this, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible.
If you apply in advance, you will not be rushed even if you suddenly decide to travel.
[The valid period differs for those who have obtained the IYTC.
Please see here for details.]
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  Q9 The discounts applied in the country I am going to seem less...
A9. Some countries may not upload their discount information since applicable discounts differ by age.
Even if there are no discounts specified, show the card as much as possible.
It is possible that you will be able to use ISIC for identification and may receive discounts as a result.
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