About ISIC Association

The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Association is a member of the ISTC (International Student Travel Confederation), a not-for-profit organisation which brings together world-leading specialists in student and youth travel services.

ISIC Malaysia is run by MSL Travel and cards are distributed under the auspice of the ISIC Association.

The International Student Identity Card

The ISIC Association’s main product is the ISIC card, the only internationally accepted proof of full-time student status. It is endorsed by organisations such as UNESCO, the European Council on Culture and the Andean Community of Nations. The card is recognised by universities, academic institutions, student organisations, national governments and ministries of education around the world.

ISIC card distribution

ISIC cards are distributed in 130 countries through a network of Licensed Authorities, which are usually leading student travel organisations or student unions.

In each country, these Licensed Authorities are exclusively responsible for ISIC card sales, distribution and marketing, as well as for building and managing the portfolio of benefits in that country. ISIC cards are issued through Licensed Authorities’ own branches, and through distribution partnerships with other organisations (Appointed Offices) such as universities and banks.

The holder of the License Authority in Malaysia is MSL Travel. They are the organisation that distributes the cards in Malaysia.

In countries without a Licensed Authority, the ISIC card is distributed through Appointed Offices only, which are directly managed by the management organisation IAS in The Netherlands.

How is the ISIC Association run?

The ISIC Association is managed by the ISIC Global Office (IGO), a wholly owned professional management organisation based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. IGO reports to the ten member ISIC board at meetings held three times every year.

Board members are predominantly CEOs (Chief Executive Officers) from larger ISIC card issuing organisations, or ISIC Association members.

At ISIC annual general meetings, IAS reports on ISIC developments, progress and strategy to all ISIC Association members and card issuers.