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National Educational Travel Council

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Founded in 1993, NETC provides culturally enriched, educational travel programs for students that inspire, enrich, and educate. NETC focuses on Quality With Purpose. Our high-quality services protect your reputation, the educational integrity of the programs, and the safety and convenience of your group. We work with experts in contemporary education to develop travel programs that encourage exploration, present intellectual challenges, and create empowering learning experiences, while instilling a lifelong passion for travel. We believe that the benefits of Educational Travel extend far beyond sightseeing and touring.

NETC has over 100 tours to choose from, each of which provide a wide range of unique, educational travel programs. Tour locations are offered throughout Europe to include France, French and Spanish combinations, Spain, Italy and Greece, Britain and Ireland, Central and Eastern Europe, and both short and long European combination programs. They also offer tours to Latin America.

The National Educational Travel Council has a program called LEAP, what they bill as an, "...approach to educational travel (Learning through Exploration And Participation) [that] introduces students to the world in a whole new way... engaging them intellectually, physically and emotionally in the learning process. We make learning fun and interactive. The senses are excited. The mind is stimulated. Knowledge is absorbed and retained. Everything comes together." US Department of State's Overseas Security Advisory Council

As with the other student tour companies, NETC allows and encourages adults to travel on student tours. However, they have gone a little further than some of the others and actually offer an adult travel program that is designed especially for adults. This does not mean that adults are not welcome on their student tours, but just that the adult tours will be geared a little more to a more mature traveler. NETC's Adult Programs emphasize continued learning in much the same way as their student tours while providing additional services and refinements to suit an adult audience.

NETC, along with ACIS and eTrav, offer tours that are priced a bit higher than passports, CHA, EF and Explorica. If you would be ranking the companies according to price, they would be at the top end while passports would be "middle-of-the-road" in pricing followed by CHA, EF and Explorica, which would be considered the "budget" companies. I suggest doing a little price checking with all of the companies as they are as they are each geared to individual travelers with specific budgets and travel preferences. Find the one you believe offers you the best tour for your budget.

Click Here to go directly to the NETC web site. You can also contact NETC at their headquarters by mail at: 55 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108 or call 800-771-2323 (Fax: 617-725-1022). Other numbers are: Western Region - (800) 989-0888 and Southern Region - (800) 450-1577. Email:

BETA - Basic Emergency Travel Assistance for students and educators. A plan that is accessible 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year and easily affordable enough for the student on a budget. Click Here for more information.

International Student Identity Card
What is the International Student Identity Card (ISIC)?
ISIC is the only internationally accepted student ID card and proof of current student status in existence. There is also the International Teacher Identity Card (ITIC) and the International Youth Travel Card (IYTC). These cards provide a world of benefits and services to the nearly 5 million people worldwide every year. More than an ID card, they also offer:
  •  Discounts to more than 33,000 locations in 103 countries 
  •  Mobile phone and a calling card communications package 
  •  Insurance plan
  •  Emergency help line.

These benefits are exclusive only to U.S. cardholders.

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The International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC) is an international non-profit member association established in 1949 and is the governing body of ISIC. In the 1950s, student leaders in a post WWII era had envisioned a concept of a single internationally recognized student identity document to promote international understanding through international travel and educational exchange opportunities.

Introduced in 1968, ISIC was made a reality to facilitate this vision and designed to create opportunities and aid travel for students through access to information, support systems and discounts and benefits. Today, ISIC not only offers these services but a range of innovative uses in different countries such as co-branding, bank and credit card features and other high-tech card capabilities. ISIC’s aim is …“to help facilitate student mobility, educational exchanges and travel, and encourage the dissemination of knowledge of other lands, culture, and systems so as to increase international understanding. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is an entity that promotes international co-operation among its 191 Member States and 6 Associate Members in the fields of education, science, culture and communication. UNESCO shares a close relationship with ISTC, endorses ISIC and recognizes it as a unique document that is the official internationally recognized proof of student status. ISIC, ITIC and IYTC also feature the UNESCO logo. Each country that issues ISIC has its own licensing authority. STA Travel, Inc. is the licensing authority for ISIC in the U.S. since acquiring it from Council Travel in 2002. The STA Travel Group is actively involved with ISIC globally and has licensing authorities for ISIC in other countries such as the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia