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A Truly International Experience in Thailand

NIST’s founding families strongly believed in the power of diversity and the rich learning that it cultivates. They strived to ensure that our school would represent a wide range of nationalities and ethnicities, and even upon our opening in 1992, 26 countries were represented by the first 60 teachers and 40 by the first 502 students. As the number of international schools in Bangkok and around the world have increased exponentially, however, most increasingly cater to local families.

We believe that the community our students experience at NIST should reflect the communities that they will become a part of as they move on to university and adulthood. In line with that philosophy, NIST continues to be the most diverse international school in Thailand. We cultivate that diversity while honoring our home country. We celebrate our differences while committing to shared values. We strive for individual excellence while recognizing that, in the end, together we are stronger.

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A Smooth, Supportive Transition

Moving to a new school can be challenging, and moving to an entirely different country can be even more daunting! Every community builds on connections, and we believe that bringing new parents and students together with other families serves as an important way to ease this transition. Our orientation provides key, practical information to help understand the NIST schedule, campus layout, school services and more. Coffee mornings offer the chance to meet other parents in a relaxed, informal setting. 

Our students also play a key role in welcoming new families through the Samakee committee. Loosely translated as harmonious unity or togetherness, Samakee brings current and new students together before the start of the school year. Their day-long event includes ice breakers, a campus tour and team building activities. The goal is simple: to make it clear that every new member of our community is welcome and valued.  

A Partnership with Parents

One of the most critical factors in supporting the success of children is the involvement of parents. As a not-for-profit foundation school, we are overseen by a parent-elected board, and we have a very active NIST Parent-Teacher Association (NIPTA) that organizes frequent events and provides social opportunities for both new and current members of the community.

From coffee mornings to annual events like Starry Nights and Pinktober to cultural experiences and trips, NIPTA provides the chance for you to meet other parents and settle into life at NIST and, for those arriving in Thailand, the exciting experience of living in Bangkok. Additionally, nearly two dozen cultural groups organized run by parent volunteers provide a way to connect with others who share similar languages and cultural backgrounds.

Organized by NIPTA, Pinktober is an annual event intended to raise support for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer, as well as women’s health in general. Funds raised by the parents are donated to selected service groups and charities, and are also allocated to provided free breast cancer screenings for our female support staff.

Safety & Security

Every school’s foremost responsibility should be safeguarding students, ensuring that they can learn and flourish in a nurturing environment. We are recognized as a leader in the international school community for our child safeguarding policies and practices, and NIST has earned certification through the UK-based organization Keeping Children Safe.

Diversity & Inclusion

Though we are proud of our international community, we also recognize that this represents only one part of diversity. We strive to be inclusive in our admissions practices to ensure that we are cultivating difference across a range of areas. This enables children to experience learning with diverse peers, reflecting what they will experience in university and beyond.

Our Services

From our in-house catering team to our IT experts to our administrative staff, we are proud of the exceptional people in our community. We strive to ensure that every service represents the high quality parents should expect from a top international school in Bangkok. This allows you to focus on what matters most: supporting your child’s learning and growth.

Welcome to NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand

"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 Philosophy

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.

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Positive Impact

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



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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We welcome your inquiry, and would be happy to respond to any queries you may have for you and your family.