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Our History

In 1992 only a bare handful of international schools existed in Thailand, each with a strong connection to a single national curriculum.

NIST was—and still is—unique.

Working hand-in-hand with staff of the United Nations, the first parents, students and teachers envisioned a school free from any one philosophy, creed or system. They imagined a learning community dedicated to a truly international education, one that embraces diversity, and the strength and richness it cultivates. When NIST opened its gates on the sunny morning of August 13th, 1992, 502 young learners turned that dream into a reality.

NIST went on to become the very first full International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in Thailand, offering all three IB programmes by 1999. Focused on inquiry, exploration, reflection and—most significantly—the belief that learning is at the core of the human experience, the IB philosophy aligned with the shared vision of our growing community. By the time the first graduates left their second home, the NIST name had become synonymous with excellence.

In the years since, thousands of students and hundreds of teachers have left their marks on the school, all contributing in their own ways. NIST itself has grown, expanding its campus and extending its vision throughout Southeast Asia. Yet at our core we remain a community of dreamers, of learners who see the world with optimism and hope.



The Foundation

Spurred through the efforts of members of the United Nations, NIST International School opened on 13 August 1992. Expanding rapidly, we took a lead among international schools in Southeast Asia, launching our first website and forming the Southeast Asia Student Activity Conference with several other schools in 1994. By 1996 we had begun to offer the IB Diploma Programme, and our first graduating class of 13 students left the school in 1997.

Shortly after, NIST earned accreditation through CIS and NEASC, in addition to ONESQA, making us the first school in Thailand to receive triple accreditation. When the IB Primary Years Programme was launched in 1999, we again achieved a first by becoming the only full IB World School in Thailand. The need to expand spurred a renewed lease with the Church of Christ in Thailand and the launch of a comprehensive development plan.




Having celebrated our ten-year anniversary, our campus began to transform, opening the Early Years Centre and Sports Complex in 2003, and a new cafeteria in 2004. Philosophically, the IB principles began to permeate every aspect of our community, as service, activism and learning outside the classroom took central roles. With the launch of the NIST Alumni Association, these ideals began to spread worldwide.

By 2012 the NIST campus was almost unrecognizable as renovations and construction continued. Within the classroom, students benefited from the school’s new 1-to-1 tablet programme (now the 1-to-1 MacBook Air programme) and other cutting-edge technology, and our school had become recognized as a leader in Thailand and abroad. NIST was set to enter a new era.


Refining a Vision

In the last few years NIST has aimed to establish itself as a leader in education not only in Asia, but also around the globe. Through our ever-evolving programmes and dedication to a renewed vision, we strive to positively impact our communities through the power of learning.

Our Aspiration, NIST International School in Bangkok

Our Aspiration

We strive to expand traditional models of education, to foster principled, good people who will flourish throughout their lives and in turn make a positive impact in the world.

Welcome to NIST International School

As the first and only full, not-for-profit International Baccalaureate (IB) international school in Bangkok, we inspire and empower individual excellence, and enrich lives.
Welcome to NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand

Book a School Tour

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.

Joining the NIST Community

Selecting a school can be a difficult decision for families, and we hope to work with you to help you make the right choice. We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions you may have.

The IB Mission at NIST Internation School in Bangkok

The IB Mission

The International Baccalaureate does not represent only a curriculum, but also a mission to transform the world through education by fostering thoughtful, principled learners.

An Education that Inspires & Enriches

Though we have cultivated a reputation for excellence in academics, we believe education is inextricably tied to wellbeing, character and action. Through learning comes joy.

A Lasting Impact, Service Learning at NIST International School in Bangkok

A Lasting Impact

Many of our alumni go on to work for NGOs and non-profits, become activists and reformers, and even create their own social enterprises.

Transforming Lives through Service

We believe service must be woven into the fabric of our learning, not as single projects or donations, but rather as the core means through which we translate learning into sustained action.
The NIST Falcons

The NIST Falcons

Our Falcons athletes participate in over a dozen competitive sports, from basketball and volleyball to gymnastics and fencing, with other schools around Bangkok and Southeast Asia.

Opportunities beyond the Classroom

We grow when pushed beyond our perceived limits. The NIST Activities Programme offers students the opportunity to challenge themselves through more than 300 activities, including sports, the arts, technology and more.

We believe in the power of education

International & Inclusive

As one of the most diverse international schools in Thailand, we seek to be inclusive and value difference as a catalyst for individual and collective growth.

A Vibrant Community Built on Shared Values

"Respectful, healthy, ethical relationships and interactions create a true sense of community at NIST."
(2018 NEASC Accreditation Report)

Contact NIST International School in Bangkok

Our Campus

Nestled in Bangkok's central business district, the NIST campus sits in close proximity to Asok BTS Station, and Sukhumvit and Petchaburi MRT Stations.

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We welcome all inquiries, whether you wish to enroll your child at NIST, apply for a position or partner with us.

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