The new partnership will see the international student identify card (ISIC) offered through the Myriad by UCAS platform, giving cardholders access to hundreds of savings across a variety of products covering study, accommodation, travel, entertainment, food and more.
GTS Alive is the leading ISIC issuer across multiple countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Oceania. The partnership with UCAS International will see a pilot launched with students in Spain, India and the United Arab Emirates who are coming to the UK for university or college.
The agreement enhances the range of services offered by Myriad. Users can already search the most comprehensive listing of postgraduate courses as well as countless accommodation, funding and work opportunities in the UK.
Chris Kirk, Director of UCAS International, said: “UCAS research shows that affordability is an important consideration for international students when choosing where to study. As living costs and commodity prices rise across the world, our new partnership with GTS Alive Group will enable us to connect international students in our three pilot countries with valuable discounts while offering a seamless experience as they can research all their options in one place through our Myriad platform.
“This is particularly timely as we see continued growth in the number of international students securing a place at university or college in the UK, with our 2022 End of Cycle data showing a 5.4% increase compared to last year.”
Tomáš Böhm, Group Commercial Director at GTS Alive, said: “We’re pleased to be able to offer international students coming from Spain, India and the UAE studying in the UK hundreds of discounts thanks to this new partnership with UCAS International where they can get their ISIC card with special pricing.”
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About Myriad by UCAS
Myriad by UCAS connects the world to UK higher education by providing a single postgraduate gateway under the trusted UCAS brand. International students can search courses, research universities, make applications, get matched to scholarship and funding opportunities and find jobs and accommodation all within one app.
UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, is an independent charity, and the UK's shared admissions service for higher education.
Our services support young people making post-18 choices, as well as mature learners, by providing information, advice, and guidance to inspire and facilitate educational progression to university, college, or a degree apprenticeship.
We manage almost three million applications, from around 700,000 people each year, for full-time undergraduate courses at over 380 universities and colleges across the UK.
We also provide a wide range of research, consultancy and advisory services to schools, colleges, careers services, professional bodies, and employers, including apprenticeships. We’re a successful and fast-growing organisation, which helps hundreds of thousands of people every year.
We're committed to delivering a first-class service to all our customers — they're at the heart of everything we do.
GTS Alive Group
GTS Alive Group, which operates in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Oceania has been the exclusive issuer of the ISIC, ITIC, IYTC for the past 25 years issuing more than 1.3 million ISIC cards annually. The ISIC is the only internationally recognised student identity card endorsed by UNESCO and GTS Alive Group is the largest issuer of the ISIC globally.
GTS Alive is also an important member of the non-profit organisation ISIC Association, which provides the validity for the ISIC cards and brings together their issuers around the world. Recently GTS Alive Group launched its own ALIVE App that brings ISIC cards into phones of students in modern digital form.