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Admissions Procedures

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Admissions Procedures

Thank You for Considering NIST!

NIST welcomes families from all over the world to join our community, and applications are accepted for review throughout the year. However, we strongly believe that selecting a school for your child is one of the most important decisions you can make, and one that deserves careful consideration. Whenever possible, before submitting an application, we highly encourage parents to arrange a visit with a member of our admissions team.

Grade & Age Equivalents

If you are unsure of which year level you should select for your child when you apply, consult our age/year level equivalents, which show how the NIST year levels correspond to differing ages and national curricula.

Thai Applicants Timeline

The NIST school year begins in August, and online applications open in September of the previous year. For applicants with Thai citizenship, the deadline for application is mid-December of the previous year, as we begin processing the applications in January.

International Applicants

Families who are moving from overseas and looking for a mid-year enrollment are welcome to apply at any time during the year. Please note that we normally run a wait pool in some of our year levels due to limited places.
NIST International School Bangkok Admissions - New Applicants
NIST International School Bangkok Admissions - Curent Families

First-Time Applicants

If you are applying to NIST for the first time, you will need to submit a few details to allow us to generate your application.

Current & Returning Families

If you currently have a child at NIST or have applied previously, we should already have your information on file.
NIST International School Bangkok Admissions - New Applicants

First-Time Applicants

If you are applying to NIST for the first time, you will need to submit a few details to allow us to generate your application.
NIST International School Bangkok Admissions - Curent Families

Current & Returning Families

If you currently have a child at NIST or have applied previously, we should already have your information on file.

What Comes Next?

After you submit the pre-application, the following four steps will conclude the admissions process.

Step 1: Contact by the Admissions Team

Our admissions team will review the pre-application/application to see whether we can accommodate your child(ren), depending on our current space situation, and will get in touch with you shortly.

Once we are able to move forward, we will inform you about the next step, which will include submitting the following documents (if you have not already done so as a current or returning family):

  • School reports
  • Recommendation forms
  • Medical form
  • Passport scans and birth certificate
  • Legal documents (if applicable)
  • Other supporting documents (if applicable; e.g., IEP, educational psychological report, etc.)
Step 2: Application Review by Admissions Committee

Our admissions committee will review all complete applications in accordance with the school’s admissions criteria and to see whether or not we are able to cater for the year level. The length of this process varies depending on the time of year at which you apply, and factors taken into account about each applicant include:

  • Age
  • Class size/space availability
  • English language proficiency
  • Previous school records and recommendation(s)
  • Siblings currently at NIST and alumni siblings
  • IB programme experience
  • Nationality
  • Language selection
  • Admissions test/academic ability
  • Extra-curricular/community involvement
Step 3: Admissions Assessment

After completing the above steps, candidates will be invited to sit for an admissions assessment. In some cases, children may be invited for an interview and assessment in order to help to determine their educational abilities and possible needs such as English as an additional language (EAL) assistance or other specialized support. Elementary school assessments take place at the NIST campus or, in certain circumstances, via zoom if the applicant is not in Bangkok. Secondary school assessments will occur on the NIST campus or in certain circumstances, the admissions team can arrange for the secondary school assessment to be taken at the applicant’s current school if they are abroad. All candidates must pay the assessment fee of 2,500 baht, which is non-refundable, regardless of entry to the school.

After reviewing the assessment results, school records and recommendations, the admissions committee will make a final decision as to whether or not the child may be enrolled at NIST. Please note that the admissions assessment material is confidential and considered to be the property of the school.

Step 4: Enrollment

Families will be notified as soon as possible of the admissions decision. After this notification and the submission of all documents requested by the school, the actual enrollment takes place. Once a place has been offered, the family has a limited period, specified by the school, in which to accept it in line with the NIST Conditions of Acceptance. At the time of acceptance to the school, certain fees are payable. This will be explained in further detail by the admissions team.

Families who choose to accept an offer of enrollment may prepare for the transition by reviewing the information in Starting at NIST. Those arriving in Bangkok from overseas may also want to look through the resources provided in Moving to Bangkok.

Contact Information

NIST Admissions Office

36 Sukhumvit Soi 15, Klongtoey-nua
Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand
Tel.: +66 (0)2 017 5888 ext. 1120
Fax: +66 (0)2 253 1193

Monday – Friday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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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."
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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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