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Welcome to NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand

The first and only full, not-for-profit International Baccalaureate (IB) international school in Bangkok, Thailand, NIST International School was established in 1992 with the support of the United Nations. The school now welcomes over 1,500 students of over 50 nationalities and provides all three IB programmes. NIST is governed by the parent-elected NIST International School Foundation and is accredited through the Council of International Schools (CIS) and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Recognized worldwide for its progressive approach, the IB programmes provide students with critical 21st century skills. The academic structure emphasizes exploration, risk-taking and trans-disciplinary learning. All students are required to take part in community service activities that encourage them to empathize with others and actively solve issues. NIST also partners with other elite international schools in offering the Global Citizen Diploma, an optional qualification that allows graduates to showcase their strengths in leadership, service and community engagement.

In addition to its rigorous academics, NIST provides students with an expansive World Languages Programme and more than 300 extra-curricular activity options. As a founding member of the Bangkok International Schools Athletic Conference (BISAC) and Southeast Asia Student Activity Conference (SEASAC), the NIST Falcons compete against their peers from other top schools in Southeast Asia. NIST is also committed to IT excellence and innovation. Students benefit from MacBook Air computers, iPads, a completely wireless campus, SMART Boards and LCD-equipped classrooms.

NIST represents the future of education through its stellar academic achievements, vibrant culture, forward-looking philosophy and expansive resources. With its graduates attending the best universities in the world and going on to become community leaders, NIST International School has become recognized as a leading Bangkok international school both in Thailand and globally.


Read Our Annual Report

As a not-for-profit school, we believe in publicly sharing this clear, comprehensive look into our community. In addition to key facts, figures and statistics from admissions, university acceptances, finances and more, the report details major developments and events from the past year.
NIST 2019 Annual Report






foundation school


Thai students


First Graduating Class


Nationalities represented

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Our Special Relationship with the United Nations

The First Students and Staff of NIST International School in Bangkok, Thaialnd

The first students and staff of NIST International School in 1992


NIST International School is not an official United Nations (UN) school like one might find in New York or Hanoi, as we receive no official support (financial or otherwise) from, and have no official agreement with, the UN organization. But since its inception, NIST has maintained a strong connection with the UN. We are proud of the fact that it was parents working for the UN in Bangkok who founded the school in 1992. NIST has developed a reputation for providing an academically rigorous and holistic education, and by offering all three IB programmes, our globally mobile UN parents can easily transfer from NIST to other schools and educational systems around the world.

Many of NIST’s first families were UN employees, and with that organization’s support, our community grew rapidly. With the launch of the IB Primary Years Programme in 1999, NIST became the first full IB World School in Thailand, and is still the only not-for-profit full IB international school in Bangkok. Our founders imagined a learning community dedicated to a truly international education, one that embraces diversity, and the strength and richness it cultivates. These ideals strongly reflect the NIST mission and the principles of both the IB and the UN. This philosophical alignment is at the heart of our relationship with the UN.

In 2013, through an exchange of letters, the relationship and philosophical alignment between the UN and NIST was affirmed. We do share a special relationship and we are proud of the fact that many UN families believe that NIST is the best school for their children in Bangkok.


International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT)
East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS)

Executive School Leadership

Chair of NISF: Sarath Ratanavadi
Chair of School Board: Prabsharan Singh Thakral
Head of School: James Dalziel

Letters from the United Nations

Shortly after NIST celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2012, the school exchanged letters with the United Nations in Bangkok. This correspondence affirmed our unique relationship and shared values.

UN Letter to NIST
NIST Letter to UN
Message from Under-Secretary-General

Welcome to NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand

Welcome to NIST!

“The community understands and has embraced the shift from an achievement-oriented to a growth-oriented learning model and its connection to developing lifelong learners.”
— 2018 NEASC Accreditation Report

Welcome to NIST International School

The first and only full, not-for-profit International Baccalaureate (IB) international school in Bangkok, Thailand

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We encourage all families to make an appointment to tour the school. Your visit will offer you a unique view into our community and allow us to provide more in-depth information in order to help you make the best educational decision for your family.


First and foremost, thank you for considering NIST as an option for your child. As you explore our site and admissions information, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about our curriculum, philosophy or any other aspect of the school.

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The IB Programme

The International Baccalaureate (IB) does not merely promote a curriculum, but rather a mission to transform the world through education.


Our community has cultivated a well-deserved reputation for excellence in academics over the past two decades. Being the first full International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in Thailand and a frequent early adopter of programme developments, NIST enjoys an unparalleled relationship with the IB, remaining at the forefront of progressive, research-based teaching and learning.

Nikolaj Coster Waldau at NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand

Positive Impact

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
– William Durant – 


Extra Curricular Activities

NIST encourages all students to push beyond their limits through the Extra-Curricular Activities (ECAs) Programme, which offers more than 300 activities in areas as diverse as sports, drama, music, art, technology, academics, language, and social and environmental activism.

We believe in the power of education

We believe in the power of education

All of the members of the NIST community, past and present, see education as a force that can enlighten and transform.

Welcome to NIST International School

The first and only full, not-for-profit International Baccalaureate (IB) international school in Bangkok, Thailand

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