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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.

It is how you want the world to be. You want the world to be like NIST, to have all these cultures and religions and kids who are exposed to different types of people. My kids are learning so much about other cultures from the friends they’ve made at NIST, and they are able to take a little piece of everyone with them. They share in the celebrations, and they share in the heartache, and they learn about the world around them.

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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.

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.

Get in Touch

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