In 1949, at the initiative of UNESCO, within the framework of the International Student Tourism Confederation ISTC, the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) Association was established.
The main goal of the Association is to promote the development of student tourism, educational and cultural exchanges of youth, to promote the dissemination of information about various countries and cultures, and to promote international understanding.
The main purpose of the ISIC International Student Identity is to serve the interests of students and ensure a worldwide "student position".
Students of all countries unite! It does not matter in which country you study and what university you are a student of. You can count on purchasing an ISIC card. After all, now ISIC is distributed in 90 countries of the world! In 1998, 3.2 million students from different countries became ISIC holders. You can find the list of countries, as well as the size of discounts, by selecting your country here »
ISIC is a credit card sized discount card with 8 degrees of protection. The card contains the student's personal data: last name, first name, date of birth, photograph. And also the personal signature of the cardholder is put. Thus, you do not need to constantly carry your passport with you. ISIC will serve not only for obtaining discounts, but also as a reliable and authoritative national and international document.
What is always lacking in poor students? Of course, time and money. Over time, you will have to figure it out on your own, but you will receive discounts with an ISIC card! And not only in a cafe or restaurant. Tangible discounts for accommodation in Hostels and hotels, as well as for air and railway tickets. You can fly at student fares on airlines such as Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, British Arways, Air France, and others.
International student festivals, which are widespread in Europe, are a great chance to spend your holidays with benefit, make foreign friends, plunge into the life of another country and discuss current world problems.
This phenomenon can hardly be called new: European Week in Paris took place in 1960, and since then the number of similar festivals has been growing steadily. Germany, Norway, Hungary, Serbia, Poland are just some of the countries that hosted student conferences of this format.
Despite some differences, all festivals are united by one idea: to give students from different countries the opportunity to meet, discuss the world in which we live, and hear different opinions, create a project on the selected issue in a working group-workshop, and also have fun and get to know other cultures.
To participate in such an event, all you need is student status and fluency in English. Age restrictions vary from festival to festival, but usually they are 18-25 years old. In some cases, you will have to pay a participation fee that covers room and board.
At the end of the festival, everyone receives a certificate of participation, which can be a great addition to the portfolio. Although, of course, this is far from the only reason to go there. We have compiled a selection of the most famous festivals, participation in which not only provides valuable experience and new acquaintances, but also leaves an unforgettable experience.
ISWiB has been held since 2006 with the support of the Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technical Development. More than 200 students from all over the world, representing a wide variety of nationalities, cultures and specialties, gather for one week a year in the capital of Serbia, Belgrade. This motley company is united by a good knowledge of the English language, which is a prerequisite for participation in the festival, age from 18 to 25 years and, of course, friendliness and openness to new experiences.
The principle of the festival is the organization of young people in different workshops, the activities of each of which are tied to some social problem or trend within the framework of one common theme (in 2016 it is “Youth and Innovation”). The choice of directions is wide enough for everyone to find something close and interesting for themselves: from working with food in a biochemical laboratory to a musical and dance performance about refugees, from shooting short films about the similarities and differences of participants to discussing Game of Thrones, whose popularity is already noted by many researchers as a sociocultural phenomenon.
It's hard to get bored in your free time from workshops. The Country Fair is especially popular - an evening when participants are grouped by country, demonstrate national symbols and clothing, treat everyone to their traditional dishes - and, in particular, drinks. Therefore, when going to ISWiB, you should think in advance about how you can surprise your foreign friends.
One day is traditionally dedicated to a beach holiday on the shores of Lake Ada, on the other, participants are given the opportunity to speak out on topical issues as part of the Open Discussion Day. In addition, Belgrade residents are deservedly proud of their city's nightlife and are happy to introduce it to foreigners.
This year the festival will take place on July 17-24. Applications for participation are submitted in February-March. In the last year, the traditional motivation letter has been replaced by a Skype interview, for which you will need to set a date yourself.
The entrance fee is 120 euros and covers accommodation for four to six people in a hostel near the historic city center, three meals a day and all activities - all participants are required to buy a ticket to Belgrade.
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