Card Issuing: How We Ensure ISIC Cardholders Are Full-Time Students

To ensure ISIC cardholders are legitimate full-time students, there are a few things we check every time we review an application. Read on to find out what they are.

With the ISIC card being the only internationally accepted proof of bona fide student status, upholding this status is of utmost importance to us.


What happens when we receive an application?

We have a dedicated operations team who look through each ISIC application, making sure that the applicant's proof of identification and proof of full-time student status are acceptable and legitimate documents. It is this thorough process which we go through that ensures eligibility requirements are met.


What do we require for proof of identification?

For proof of identification we require proof of one's date of birth (for example: passport, birth certificate, official identity card).


What do we require for proof of student status?

For proof of full-time student status we require either a screenshot of units one is currently enrolled in, a letter from one's school/university stating an enrolment on a full-time basis, or a student card with a full-time/concession sticker.


Who are full-time students in Australia?

While the definition of a full-time student may naturally vary around the world, in Australia we consider and look for the following factors to confirm full-time study.


EFTSL (Equivalent full time study load)

Generally, Australian universities will allow students to study up to 8 individual subjects in a given calendar year. We consider full-time student status to involve at least a 75% study load, so in this case a minimum of 6 subjects per year.


Credit Points

Some universities in Australia prefer to use the system of credit points to determine whether a student enrolled full-time or part-time. Generally, subjects will be worth 6 credit points each so as per EFTSL above, we would need to see at the minimum a 75% study load achieved (18 credit points per semester).


Why is this so important to us?

The ISIC card has been endorsed by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as well as wide range of national governments, ministries of education and tourism, student organisations and universities worldwide. Such is its reputation, we intend to uphold this by ensuring the eligibility requirements are met to see to it that only those students who satisfactorily meet the rules enjoy the benefits of being an ISIC cardholder.

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