People obtaining a [STUDENT/SCHOLAR/TEACHER/IYTC] Card
|Card Type||Qualification Requirements|
- "Full-time students" at technical colleges and specialized training colleges
- A "full-time student" refers to a person who belongs to a course providing a degree or a diploma.
- A guideline for issuing criteria in Japan is that the student attends classes every day for a period of one year or more, and is eligible for a student discount (fares and commuter pass fees) by public transport including Japan Railways (JR).
- Cards may also be issued to people enrolled in correspondence courses (university, junior college, high school) if they are "regular students" or "full-course students."
- However, cards shall not be issued to short-term students such as research students, occasional students, selective students, single-subject students or special course students other than "regular students".
- If an "Admission Permit" for studying abroad has already been received
- If studying abroad as a full-time student, cards may be issued in Japan 1 month before the admission date if you have an "Admission Permit" (issued by the school abroad).
- When traveling on a "leave of absence" from a Japanese school
- Cards may be issued if you have a "Leave of Absence Certificate" (stating the duration of the leave) issued by the school leave is being taken from.
- Issuing TEACHER cards
- These are for teachers who have been employed by schools able to issue STUDENT/ SCHOLAR cards and taught at least 18 hours per week for no less than 1 year.
- Issuing IYTC (International Youth Travel Card) cards
- These can be issued to anyone aged under 26.
- Language schools located overseas
Issuing criteria for "language schools (located overseas)"
Cards may be issued to students that have entered language schools recognized by the government or similar public organizations (such as the British Council in the United Kingdom) as "Full-time Students*" and are enrolled in courses providing "Certificates" upon course completion. However, cards cannot be issued for language schools other than these regardless of whether the enrollment is short-term or long-term.
Full-time student*: A student in a course with "at least 20 weeks" or 8 months of lessons per year, and for which there are "at least 15 hours" of classes per week. (When attending a short-term language school while enrolled in a Japanese university, cards may be issued by the Japanese university.)
- Other points of note
There are no age limits for issuing, but some discount benefits may not be available in cases where age restrictions have been set. E.g. many airlines have age restrictions on flight discounts.
|When applying by post, the fee is 1,700 yen for STUDENT, SCHOLAR, TEACHER and IYTC cards including commissions and postage.|
- Download application form (PDF) Sample entry of application form
|Copy of student card
- University Co-op Play Guide (ticket agency) and nearest issuing offices
However the issuing offices for SCHOLAR, TEACHER and IYTC cards are limited, so contact the University Co-op Tourism for details.
- Applying by post
When making a postal application, send the necessary documents with a "Postal Money Order" or a "Registered Mail For Cash" equivalent to 1,700 yen (card fee: 1,430 yen + postage and commission: 270 yen) to the attention of ISIC division of the offices below.. If you are in a hurry, add express postage of 270 yen to the 1,700 fee.
- University Co-op Tourism Head Office
4th floor, Daigakuseikyo-kaikan Bldg, 3-30-22, Wada, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 166-8532
- University Co-op Tourism Osaka Branch
2th floor, DaigakuSeikyoOsaka-kaikan Bldg, 2-7-15, Nishimiyahara, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka
* Approximately 10 days are required to deliver cards after the postal application is received. Please contact us if there are less than 10 days remaining until your departure.
- University Co-op Tourism Head Office