Yes, you need an SSN to get the Discover it Student chrome card. While it is a great card, unfortunately it's not the best choice for a foreign student.
If you're an international student without an SSN and credit history, you could apply for the Deserve EDU Mastercard for Students with a passport, proof of a U.S. bank account and some other basic documentation.
It offers $0 annual fee, $0 foreign transaction fee, 1% cash back and other interesting perks.
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