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Academic Competitions

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
– Plutarch


International History Bee & Bowl

The International History Bee & Bowl prepares students for competition in the two history quiz regional competitions (the bee is for individual students; the bowl is for school teams). Teams which compete successfully will qualify for the Asian Championships, to be held later on in the academic year, as well as the International History Olympiad in the USA in late July. Students with a good general knowledge who want to strengthen their knowledge further and an interest in competing with other like-minded students enjoy the pressure of the quick fire quiz show style of the competition. Team work is required for success in the Bowl competition and this fosters collaboration skills and responsibility like all team endeavors.

Learn more at the International History Bee & Bowl website.


Model United Nations

MUN provides the opportunity for students to understand the workings of the United Nations as they take on the role of delegates from particular countries. As a MUN delegate a student represents the interests of their allocated country in specific committees (Environmental Committee, Political Committee, Human Rights Committee, Security Council, etc.) to negotiate, lobby and debate with other delegates to seek agreements on key issues. NIST takes part in several inter-school conferences as part of BISAC, SEASAC and IASAS.

As a member of MUN students have the opportunity to improve negotiating and public speaking skills as they interact with each other and put forward resolutions in the public arena. Participants also develop their research skills, and become more informed about current global issues and international politics.


Southeast Asian Mathematics Competition

SEAMC is a three-day event that brings together nearly 300 students from 46 leading schools in the region to challenge their problem-solving mathematical skills. It involves a comprehensive range of individual and team competitions, long-term problems tackled often late into the evening with teammates from other schools, and a half-day treasure hunt in a local amusement park. There is also a gala dinner, a cultural trip, and a presentation or workshop by an internationally-renowned guest speaker.

Learn more at the SEAMC website.


World Scholar’s Cup

One of the premier academic competitions in the world, the World Scholar’s Cup sees students compete in four areas: team debate, team persuasive writing, an individual knowledge exam and a team knowledge bowl. Each year the challenges focus on an overarching theme, and students must study materials from history, science, literature, a special area, the arts and social studies. It is an intellectual event that challenges students to develop teamwork and to approach complex problems from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students who perform well in the regional and global rounds go on to the Tournament of Champions, held each year at Yale University in the United States.

Learn more at the World Scholar’s Cup website.

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

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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)

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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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