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Experiential Education (NIST X)

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Experiential Education (NIST X)

The NIST Experiential Education Programme, NIST X, was launched in 2017 in collaboration with the JUMP! Foundation to enhance learning opportunities outside of the classroom. NIST X ensures that all NIST students have sequential, intentional and safe learning experiences from Years 1 to 13. Having a dedicated department ensures there are thematic objectives and continuity across year levels throughout school-wide expeditions, and overnight and day trips.

Core Expeditions

Residential trips that build targeted skills and attributes in line with curricular learning, core expeditions extend from Year 3 to Year 12.

Core Field Trips

The other type of core trips with direct links to the curriculum, these teacher-led trips reinforce what students are learning in their classrooms.

NIST Plus Trips

From ski trips to visits to cultural sites, these offer students opportunities to learn outside of the classroom, develop skills and explore the outdoors.

Service Trips

Supporting actions for the NIST service groups, these trips encourage students to collaboratively develop solutions to local, regional and global issues.

Sports Trips

These allow students to engage in structured competition and collaboration with other schools around Bangkok and Southeast Asia.

It helped me collaborate with others, which you need in life. That’s especially true if you’re a teacher when you have to collaborate in meetings and work with other teachers. I learned I can do things I didn’t expect.

Year 5 Student (Chonburi Expedition)

I guess that my choices have a bigger effect than I thought before I went on the trip. I saw this because they showed us all the initiatives they started there to help the community and how one person can start something big.

Year 9 Student (Khao Sam Roi Yot Trip)

I was able to understand how my lifestyle can affect my personality. I was surrounded by people who had a different perspective on life. This helped to understand different people, better connect with them and grow as a listener.

Year 12 Student (Roi Et Expedition)

Our Beliefs

In line with the NIST mission, values and vision, we developed several key beliefs around experiential education, which guide how we structure learning experiences for students:

  • Trips should appropriately challenge and push students out of their comfort zones.
  • Nature should be experienced and appreciated, and students should have hands-on learning experiences outside of an urban setting.
  • Skills and knowledge are built through self-discovery and real-world contexts.
  • Students should be exposed to, and engage with, local cultures.
  • In a caring community, students must have time and space to build relationships and create meaningful connections within and outside NIST.

Personal Growth

We strive to inspire and empower students to actively engage in the development of the self and their unique identity, and to realize their full potential.


Community Building

We help students explore how communities form and function, and develop an awareness of communities they are part of as passionate and positive global citizens.


Connection to Nature

We provide opportunities to connect with nature, instilling a passion for the outdoors, care for our planet and its natural resources, and an awareness of how our daily lives impact nature.


Cultural Engagement

We encourage students to develop curiosity and empathy, and explore the many vibrant local cultures within Thailand and the broader Asian region.

Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Logo

Building on our own experiential education programme, the International Award empowers young people from 14 to 24 years old to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others by exploring their potential, taking on new challenges, giving back to their community and achieving success. It provides the opportunity to set goals and achieve results in fun and challenging ways.

The award is comprised of three levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold) and four sections (Service, Skills, Physical Recreation, Adventurous Journey). Participants complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve their award. NIST is one of the few international schools in Thailand to support all three levels of the award.

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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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.

Get in Touch

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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