Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

“Our hope is to educate good people who will make a difference and positively impact the lives of others.” In his speech to the graduating Class of 2019, Head of School Brett Penny succinctly captured the aim of a NIST education. As the world continues to be transformed by globalization and technology, so too have schools evolved. The traditional definition of success, shaped by the demands of the industrial-based society of the 20th century, no longer suffices. Universities and employers seek much more. They aim to recruit intelligent, conscientious young adults who can bridge cultures, adapt to changing circumstances and empower others around them.

If the members of the Class of 2019 are any indication, NIST students are well prepared to meet those challenges. While the focus of graduation ceremonies all too often center on a list of university acceptances, this fails to capture the breadth of talents, skills and impact of the unique individuals transitioning to adulthood. In the words of one of their own, NIST’s Class of 2019 represents so much more than academic success: “We have record-breaking athletes; we have leaders of innovative and creative social enterprises; we have talented musicians, dancers, actors, singers; and, of course, our very own professional wakeboarder.”

We are not only proud that so many of our graduates will be attending their first choice of university–which does indeed include many expected names such as King’s College London; University of California, Berkeley; University of British Columbia and University of Tokyo. We are also delighted to see more NIST graduates pursuing their own paths, attending specialized institutions that will allow them to develop their strengths: The New School in New York, Charles University in Prague, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology and more. We are proud that the fields of study they will pursue reflect both traditional subjects such as business and medicine, but also cutting-edge programmes in quantum computing and bioengineering.

Equally important, our community strongly believes that in many cases, the dramatic shifts occurring around the globe have opened up possibilities beyond university study. We’re encouraged to have more students exploring other opportunities through a gap year. Absent from the ceremony, our professional wakeboarder was earning 1st place at the 2019 FISE World Series in Montpellier, France. What unites our students is not their academic ability, but rather their drive to excel in their chosen paths and the potential they carry within them to positively impact those around them.

In many respects class valedictorian LinJee Lee epitomized this determination to flourish in the face of obstacles. Despite having joined NIST in Year 10 with limited English language skills, she dedicated herself to becoming a lifelong learner: “In a whole new environment, I was challenged to be a NIST member both academically and personally.” She took advantage of the secondary Learning Support Centre, going there every day after school to receive help and support from her teachers and classmates, and expanding her perspectives. The goal was not simply to succeed on an exam. In Linjee’s words, NIST helped her and her peers “grow up in emotionally mature, well-balanced, open-minded individuals with a better understanding of the world around us.”

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Linjee’s story is one of many, and as he closed his address to the class, Brett captured the importance of transforming these experiences at NIST into tangible action: “Because of your education, you will likely have opportunities to lead and influence the lives of others in the future. When these opportunities arise, I hope your NIST education and the values of your families empower you to lead with compassion and integrity, to look for opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others.”

We wish all the best to the Class of 2019 as they walk their new paths, with all the opportunities they may bring.

Five NIST students will take a gap year, and 14 are in the process of applying to institutions in Australia, India, Japan, Korea and Norway. The remaining members of the class will attend the following universities:

AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing ArtsSyracuse University
Amsterdam University College (2)Thammasat University
Charles UniversityTufts University
Chulalongkorn UniversityUniversity College Utrecht
City, University LondonUniversity of Amsterdam (2)
Erasmus University Rotterdam (3)University of British Columbia (2)
Falmouth UniversityUniversity of California, Berkeley (2)
Fashion Institute of TechnologyUniversity of California, Davis
Fordham UniversityUniversity of California, Irvine
George Washington UniversityUniversity of California, San Diego (3)
Hofstra UniversityUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
Hotelschool the HagueUniversity of Derby
Indiana UniversityUniversity of Edinburgh
Keio UniversityUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
King's College London (4)University of Liverpool
King Mongkut's Institute of TechnologyUniversity of London
Korea Advanced Institute of Science & TechnologyUniversity of Northern Colorado
Lancaster UniversityUniversity of Reading
Leiden University (2)University of San Diego
Lindenwood UniversityUniversity of Sheffield
London College of FashionUniversity of Southampton
McGill University (2)University of Southern California
McMaster UniversityUniversity of Tokyo
Middlebury CollegeUniversity of Toronto
The New SchoolUniversity of Virginia
New York University (2)University of Warwick (2)
Northeastern University (2)University of Westminster (2)
Pennsylvania State UniversityWaseda University (2)
Queen Mary University of LondonWindward Community College
Queen's University (2)York University
Rhode Island School of Design

Class of 2017 Prepares to Leave Its Legacy

As late May rolls around, the mood begins to shift as the end of school approaches. Seniors don their graduation caps and gowns, preparing for their last official day and reflecting on how quickly the years seem to have passed. And for the schools themselves, a different type of preparation takes place: the list of universities. In what has become a hallmark of success, they meticulously track the many acceptances, carefully identifying those that may offer a point of pride. NIST is no different; like many other types of data, the acceptances provide us with a measure, one that enables us to determine whether we are providing a quality education. But the list doesn’t capture what is unique about each of our students in the Class of 2017.

Having joined NIST in Year 12 on a scholarship for the Diploma Programme, one of our graduates quickly adjusted to her new environment, making friends and signing up for a seemingly endless number of activities. In addition to being a leader in two student-run service groups and performing in theatrical productions, she even created and ran her own after-school anime club for elementary students. In the summer following her first year at the school, she traveled through remote regions of northern Thailand with the Princess Mother’s Medical Volunteer Foundation. Assisting the team under the self-proclaimed title of “Youngest And Least Medically-Qualified”, her role played a small part in saving lives. In August she will be bringing her passion for helping others to the pre-medical programme at Johns Hopkins University.

In contrast, another senior has been with the school from the time he was in the early years programme. An avid athlete, he has been active in numerous sports throughout his time at the school, including softball and his greatest passion: fencing. When the Falcons Fencing Club launched several years ago, he was among the first to join and dedicated himself to mastering the sport while balancing this with his studies. Guided by the two-time Olympic medalist head coach, he earned trophies at several national events and began competing internationally. As he wrapped up his final year, his gold medal at the annual school tournament and performance at the global fencing championship earned him a place among the top 100 fencers worldwide. Having accepted a scholarship offer from Duke University, he will soon be joining their Blue Devils fencing team.

A third graduate, originally from India, moved from Romania to Thailand in Year 4. Reflecting his international background, he is trilingual and once delivered a TEDx talk on a personal journey through the steppes of the Tibetan border, where he stayed with local families and found himself questioning what we should value in a society increasingly driven by materialistic desires. As president of the NIST Development Bank, he applied those lessons directly through the group’s work, funding student service initiatives within the school. This humanitarian streak parallels his passion for engineering, which drove him to create and lead NIST’s first robotics club. When he goes on to the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science this fall, he will explore the applications of artificial intelligence in improving lives.

Every graduate and every university has a story. As a community we are certainly proud that the Class of 2017 will be attending some of the very best institutions in the world: Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Imperial College London, King’s College London, McGill University, University College London, University of British Columbia, University of California Los Angeles, University of Edinburgh, University of Michigan, University of Oxford, University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, Yale-NUS College and many more. But we’re even prouder that every graduate’s path mirrors their own unique passions and offers them the opportunity to write the next chapter in their story.

Congratulations, Class of 2017. Write a story that empowers you to grow and flourish. Write one that positively impacts others. Write one that changes the world.

The members of the Class of 2017 have received over 450 acceptances to date. Those who have made a decision will be attending the following universities.

American UniversityCommunication, Legal Institutions, Economics & Government
American UniversityInternational Studies
ArtEZ Institute of the ArtsFine Art
Bentley UniversityBusiness Administration
Boston UniversityBiology (Specialty in Neurobiology)
Chulalongkorn UniversityAccounting and Finance
Clark UniversityInternational Relations
Columbia College HollywoodCinema and Television
Columbia UniversityEnglish
Copenhagen School of Design and TechnologyComputer Science
Cornell UniversityChemical Engineering
Duke UniversityComputer Science
Durham UniversityAccounting and Finance
Durham UniversityEducation Studies and History
Durham UniversityNatural Sciences
Erasmus UniversityCommunication and Media
Erasmus UniversityLaw and Sociology
Georgia Institute of TechnologyCivil Engineering
Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyBiotechnology and Business
Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyBusiness
Hull York Medical SchoolMedicine
IE University SpainBusiness Administration and Law
Imperial College LondonBiomedical Sciences
Imperial College LondonChemical Engineering
Imperial College LondonEconomics
Johns Hopkins UniversityCellular Molecular Biology
Korea UniversityFilm Making
Loyola Marymount UniversityEntrepreneurship
Maastricht UniversityInternational Business
Mahidol UniversityMedicine
Marquette UniversityPre-Occupational Therapy
McGill UniversityEconomics and International Development
McGill UniversityMarketing
Monash UniversityTBD
National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)Technical Theater
New York UniversityHospitality
Northeastern UniversityBusiness Management
Northeastern UniversityFinance
Nova Southeastern UniversityBiological Sciences
Nuova Accademia di Belle ArtiDesign
Oxford UniversityEconomics and Management
Pennsylvania State UniversityInformation Science Technology
Plymouth UniversityInternational Hospitality
Purdue UniversityAeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Rollins CollegeBiochemistry and Business
Royal Academy of Art the HagueInterior Architecture and Furniture Design
Savannah College of Art and Design at Hong KongGraphic Design
Seattle UniversityComputer Science
Thammasat UniversityLaw
Thompson Rivers UniversityBusiness and Economics
Tufts UniversityInternational Relations and Peace & Justice Studies
University of AberdeenMedicine
University of the Arts LondonFashion Management
University of BathPsychology
University of BirminghamMedicine
University of BristolPsychology in Education
University of British ColumbiaBachelor of Arts and Masters of Management
University of British ColumbiaComputer Science
University of British ColumbiaComputer Science
University of British ColumbiaEconomics
University of British ColumbiaPsychology
University of California, DavisManagerial Economics
University of California, Los AngelesEconomics
University of California, San DiegoBiological Sciences (Specialty in Bioinformatics)
University of California, San DiegoEconomics
University College LondonSocial Sciences
University College UtrechtLiberal Arts
University of Colorado BoulderEconomics
University of Colorado BoulderEnvironmental Sciences
University of ExeterBiomedical Science
University of ExeterBusiness Management
University of ExeterEnglish Literature & History
University of KentEnglish Literature
University of LeedsInternational Relations
University of MarylandLIberal Arts
University of MelbourneEconomics
University of MelbourneInternational Relations and Politics
University of MelbourneInternational Relations
University of MelbournePsychology and Theater
University of MichiganComputer Science
University of New South WalesBusiness
University of New South WalesLaw
University of New South WalesMedical Sciences
University of OtagoEcology and Sociology
University of PennsylvaniaEngineering
University of PennsylvaniaPolitics, Philosophy and Economics
University of QueenslandEnvironmental Management
University of ReadingArt and Psychology
University of ReadingComputer Science
University of Rhode IslandEconomics
University of Southern CaliforniaBusiness Administration
University of Southern CaliforniaComputer Science
University of SydneyEngineering
University of SydneyPsychology
University of TampaInternational Studies
University of TokyoEnvironmental Studies
University of TorontoComputer Science
University of WashingtonComputer Science
University of WashingtonComputer Science and Economics
University of WashingtonEconomics
University of WashingtonEconomics
University of WaterlooGlobal Business and Digital Arts
Waseda UniversityLiberal Arts
Waterloo UniversityBusiness and Environmental Science
Whittier CollegeLiberal Arts
Yale NUSEconomics and Psychology
Yonsei UniversityEconomics

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Saturday, the 21st of May, marked the last official day that the 111 members of NIST International School’s Class of 2016 were students at the school. With their IB exams complete and diplomas in hand, they were ready to take the first step in a new and exciting journey. However, the bittersweet graduation ceremony was not the final farewell. Just over a week later, they received a much grander sendoff after their last assembly, as the entire school turned out in an annual tradition to cheer and celebrate the accomplishments of this unique group of graduates.

Though they share a common bond through our community, the paths of the Class of 2016 will now be incredibly diverse. With acceptances continuing to appear daily, the departing seniors have already been offered places at more than 300 universities in over a dozen countries, from the United States and United Kingdom to the Netherlands and Germany. More impressively, the offers they have accepted include a large number of elite universities. Of the 94 students who have made a decision, a full 50% will be attending institutions ranked in the top 100, an incredible number considering over 17,000 universities exist worldwide!

Their fields of study will be equally broad, from biochemistry at Imperial College London to theology at the University of Cambridge, biomechanical engineering at Georgia Tech to international relations at New York University, computer systems at the University of Melbourne to human diversity at Leiden University, and biosciences and medicine at the University of Hong Kong to arts and language here at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Among the others that the Class of 2016 will attend are Dartmouth College, the University of Wisconsin – Madison, University of Edinburgh, University College London, Kings College London, University of Toronto, McGill University and several other well-known institutions.

Yet what distinguishes this class is not merely the caliber of their academic accomplishments, but also the impact they have had on others in and outside of the NIST community. Many of the graduates helped create service groups in the school that transformed the village of Maeramit in Omgoi, launched a non-profit sustainable coffee company, and supported members of the community through microcredit loans and scholarships. Their passion for learning and working with others to create positive change has made a mark on the school – one that will continue to influence future students.

NIST’s mission is a simple one: to inspire growth, empower individual excellence and enrich lives. It’s difficult to look at the young faces of the Class of 2016 and not see the embodiment of those ideals. As they begin the next chapter of their lives, we hope the NIST spirit will be carried with them. Congratulations and best wishes for the future! Once a NISTie, always a NISTie.



Class of 2016 University Acceptances

American UniversityLoyola University Chicago
Arizona State UniversityMaastricht University
Assumption UniversityMahidol University
The University of ArizonaMarist College
Australian National UniversityUniversity of Maryland, College Park
Babson CollegeMarymount California University
University of BathUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst
Berklee College of MusicMcGill University
University of BirminghamMcMaster University
Birmingham City UniversityUniversity of Melbourne
Boston UniversityMichigan State University
Brescia University CollegeMiddle East Technical University
University of BrightonMiddle Tennessee State University
University of British ColumbiaMonash University Malaysia
Bryn Mawr CollegeMonash University
California College of the ArtsMount Holyoke College
California Institute of the ArtsUniversity of New South Wales
California State University, NorthridgeNew York University
Carl Benz School of EngineeringNortheastern University
University of California, BerkeleyUniversity of Northern Colorado
University of California, DavisUniversity of Oklahoma
University of California, IrvineUniversity of Ottawa
University of California, Los AngelesPennsylvania State University
University of California, RiversidePepperdine University
University of California, San DiegoPhiladelphia University
University of California, Santa BarbaraPlymouth University
University of California, Santa CruzPratt Institute
University of CambridgePurdue University
Carl Benz School of EngineeringQueen’s University
Carleton UniversityRhode Island School of Design
Chapman UniversityRingling College of Art and Design
College of CharlestonRMIT University
University of ChichesterRotterdam School of Management
Chulalongkorn UniversityUniversity of San Diego
University of CincinnatiUniversity of San Francisco
University of Colorado at BoulderSanta Clara University
University of Colorado at DenverSarah Lawrence College
Concordia UniversitySavannah College of Art and Design
Cornish College of the ArtsSchool of Oriental and African Studies
Dartmouth CollegeSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago
Deakin UniversityScripps College
Delft University of TechnologySimon Fraser University
University of DenverSingapore Management University
Drexel UniversityUniversity of South Carolina
DSK Supinfocom (Pune) IndiaUniversity of South Florida
University of East AngliaStenden University
Ecole Hotelire de LausanneStetson University
University of EdinburghUniversity of Sussex
Emily Carr University of Art and DesignSyracuse University
Emory UniversityThe University of Texas, Dallas
Erasmus University CollegeThammasat University
University of EssexUniversity of Toronto
University of ExeterTrent University
Florida State UniversityTufts University
Fordham UniversityUmea University
Georgia Institute of TechnologyUniversity College Roosevelt
University of GroningenUniversity of the Arts London
The Hague University of Applied SciencesUniversity College London
Hanze University of Applied SciencesUniversity of Wollongong
Haverford CollegeUtrecht University
Hogeschool Rotterdam – Rotterdam UniversityVassar College
University of Hong KongUniversity of Victoria
The Hong Kong University of Science & TechnologyUniversity of Warwick
Hotelschool The HagueWaseda University
IE UniversityUniversity of Washington
University of Illinois at ChicagoWashington and Lee University
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignWellesley College
Imperial College LondonWesleyan University
Indiana University at BloomingtonWestern University
University of KentuckyWilfrid Laurier University
King’s College LondonCollege of William and Mary
University of La VerneUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
Leiden UniversityWorcester Polytechnic Institute
London School of Economics and Political ScienceYork University
Loyola Marymount University

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

As they left their final class assembly on the afternoon of Friday, 22 May, NIST’s Class of 2015 encountered a heartwarming surprise. Lined through the halls and across the campus were all of the school’s teachers and students, gathered to wish them a fond farewell. In what has started a new school tradition, the seniors were cheered as they walked across the NIST campus for the last time as students. The line of smiling faces led them to one of the lounges, where they had the opportunity to chat and reminisce with their teachers and peers.

Even on a global level, this year’s graduates showcase the incredible esteem universities around the world place upon a NIST education. With acceptances continuing to arrive daily, the 98 members of the graduating class have so far received over 300 offers to over 160 universities, most of which accepted 100% of the applicants from NIST! Equally impressive, the students received a total of THB 45,210,000 (USD $1.35 million) in scholarship offers. Among the universities extending offers are highly selective institutions such as UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, Carnegie Mellon University, Claremont McKenna, Cornell University, Georgetown University, Northwestern University, the University of Southern California, Tufts University and St. George’s University.

The Class of 2015 is notable for another reason as well: it includes the first NIST graduates to earn the Global Citizen Diploma (GCD), a unique diploma that only a small number of top schools around the globe are offering. An optional qualification, it offers students the opportunity to showcase their accomplishments beyond traditional exams and transcripts. The first group of GCD recipients from NIST include, among many others, a concertmaster, aquaponics farmer, stock investor and community development worker.

In his message to the NIST community in the annual yearbook, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and Chairman of the NIST International School Foundation M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula remarked, “I hope that our graduates will carry those ideals on and contribute to the betterment of Thailand and nations around the globe”. As this unique group of entrepreneurs, musicians, scientists, athletes, artists and dreamers leaves the school, it is clear that they will seek to do exactly that, making a positive impact on the lives of others.


Class of 2015 University Acceptances


American UniversityUniversity of Manchester
Amsterdam University CollegeManipal University
Aston UniversityMarymount Manhattan College
Bangkok UniversityUniversity of Massachusetts, Lowell
Bath Spa UniversityMcGill University
University of BathMcMaster University
University of BirminghamUniversity of Miami
Boston UniversityMiddle Tennessee State University
University of BrightonUniversity of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of BristolUniversity of Missouri Columbia
University of British ColumbiaMonash University
Brock UniversityUniversity of New South Wales
University of CalgaryNew York University
California College of the Arts (San Francisco)Newcastle University
California State University, NorthridgeNorth Carolina State University
University of California, BerkeleyNortheastern University
University of California, DavisNorthwestern University
University of California, IrvineNottingham Trent University
University of California, Los AngelesUniversity of Nottingham
University of California, RiversideUniversity of Oregon
University of California, San DiegoOsaka University
University of California, San FranciscoUniversity of Ottawa
University of California, Santa BarbaraParsons The New School for Design
University of California, Santa CruzPennsylvania State University, University Park
Cardiff UniversityPepperdine University
Carleton UniversityPortland State University
Carnegie Mellon UniversityUniversity of Portsmouth
Case Western Reserve UniversityPratt Institute
Central Saint Martins College of Art & DesignPurdue University
Chapman UniversityQueen’s University
Chulalongkorn UniversityUniversity of Reading
City UniversityRegent’s University London
Claremont McKenna CollegeRensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Clark UniversityRichmond The American International College in London
University of Colorado at BoulderRingling College of Art and Design
University of Colorado at Colorado SpringsRochester Institute of Technology
University of Colorado at DenverUniversity of Rochester
Colorado State UniversityRollins College
Columbia College ChicagoRoyal Holloway, University of London
Cornell University (College of Ag. & Life Sciences)San Diego State University
Coventry UniversityUniversity of San Diego
University of DenverUniversity of San Francisco
Durham UniversitySanta Clara University
University of EdinburghSarah Lawrence College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversitySavannah College of Art and Design
Emily Carr University of Art + DesignSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago
Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal ArtsSchool of Visual Arts
University of ExeterSeattle University
Florida Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Sheffield
Florida State UniversitySimon Fraser University
University of FloridaSophia University
Fullerton CollegeUniversity of Southampton
Georgetown UniversityUniversity of Southern California
Georgia Institute of TechnologySt. George’s University
Goldsmiths College, University of LondonSt. Olaf College
University of GreenwichSuffolk University
University of GroningenUniversity of Surrey
Hanze University of Applied SciencesUniversity of Sussex
Heriot-Watt UniversityUniversity of Sydney
University of HertfordshireSyracuse University
The Hong Kong University of Science & TechnologyThe University of Texas, Austin
City University of Hong KongThammasat University
University of Hong KongThe New School for Drama
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUniversity of Toronto
Indiana University at BloomingtonTrent University
International Christian UniversityTufts University
Keio University – Fujisawa CampusUniversity of Twente
King’s College LondonUniversity College Birmingham
Knox CollegeUniversity of Amsterdam
Korea UniversityUniversity of West London
La Trobe UniversityUniversity of Victoria
University of La VerneVirginia State University
Lancaster UniversityUniversity of Virginia
University of LeedsUniversity of Warwick
University of LeicesterUniversity of Washington
Les Roches International School of Hotel ManagementUniversity of Waterloo
University of LiverpoolWestern Connecticut State University
University College LondonWestern University
Loyola Marymount UniversityWhitworth University
Loyola University ChicagoUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Loyola University New OrleansYokohama National University
Mahidol University International CollegeYork University


Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

NIST International School's Class of 2014

The end of a school year is always a bittersweet time. While students and teachers alike look forward to the last day, eager for some time to relax and recover, a sense of loss also comes with the departure of the senior class. The end of high school marks the first major milestone in life, a seismic shift for young adults who must step out into the world on their own. While every school strives to prepare its students as best as it can, NIST has always aimed for more–for excellence.

NIST International School’s Class of 2014 once again demonstrated the quality of education the school provides, and much more importantly the quality of the graduates themselves. This year the NIST seniors were accepted into over 150 universities across the world, including 31 ranked in the top 100. This also included 4 in the top 10, and 12 individual acceptances to the 4th best university in the world: UCL (University College London). Yet the numbers do not compare to their greatest accomplishment: 55 of our graduating seniors were accepted into their first choices! First and foremost, we strive to ensure that our students choose universities that match their strengths and interests, and the high number of graduates who can attend the schools they feel are most appropriate for them is something we take great pride in.

Congratulations to all of the graduates, and good luck as you go on to make a positive impact in the world!

Among the universities our graduates will attend are the following. Visit our interactive map for a full list, and view our graduation ceremony photo album on our Facebook page.

  • University of Cambridge
  • University College London (UCL)
  • Imperial College
  • Stanford University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Columbia University
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • University of Toronto
  • King’s College London
  • McGill University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of California, Berkeley