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Diversity & Inclusion

We want a school that is inclusive in its orientation, seeking and encouraging diversity in staff and students. We want a strong moral atmosphere at our school where everyone is held to the highest standards…of tolerance and respect.

A New International School (11 January 1990)

When they gathered to plan the creation of the first new international school in Thailand in decades, our founding familiesmany of whom worked for the United Nationsimagined a community unlike others of the time. Their statement of purpose called for the creation of “an educational institution unique to the world”, one that promoted a truly international perspective that would draw upon the rich experiences of both the expatriate and Thai communities.

For more than 30 years, we have held true to their vision.

Many international schools in Thailand provide a quality education. Few provide enriching learning opportunities that allow children the opportunity to engage with peers from around the world; develop their sense of identity in a safe, nurturing environment; and receive the individualized support they need to flourish. Though we maintain high expectations of all students, our community is defined by our inclusive approach: a commitment to valuing every child regardless of their passport, skin color, gender, sexual orientation or needs.

Diversity at NIST International School Bangkok

A Truly International Community

Across the entire Bangkok international school community, students come from nearly every nation around the globe, and NIST is no exception. However, we are unique in committing ourselves to being truly international.

From our history with the United Nations to our adoption of the International Baccalaureate, we have sought to be independent, free from any one national curriculum or creed. We are now the most diverse school in Thailand, with our students representing over 60 nationalities, dozens of languages and a wide range of backgrounds.

Difference at NIST International School Bangkok

A Celebration of Difference

We also recognize that a truly international education must represent much more than a list of nationalities. Diversity at NIST encompasses differences in sexual orientation and identity, physical and learning abilities, and experiences and perspectives. It challenges us to confront our assumptions, to question our preconceptions.

But most importantly, diversity encourages us to grow and recognize that the most powerful opportunities for learning emerge from the discomfort of difference, and that it is that learning that ties us together as a community.

Equity at NIST International School Bangkok

A Commitment to Equity

We are all shaped by our circumstances, unique in our beliefs and values. These differences can and do lead to disagreement and debate. Yet our community is firmly committed to fostering a sense of belonging among every member of our community. Every individual deserves to be respected and appreciated for their differences.

In a world in which difference creates conflict and can often lead to violence, we believe it is important to consciously commit to equity for all individuals. Equally important, we must promote this belief both within and beyond our walls.

What Is the Impact of Inclusion?

The most common objections to inclusion cite the difficulties of integrating differences into the classroom or the perceived challenges in allowing all students to flourish in their learning. Yet these overlook the incredible impact every child can have on their peers.

We learned this firsthand from Astrid, one of our students who inspires her peers and enriches our own learning. Her influence on our community has been so profound that the Special Education Network & Inclusion Association (SENIA) created the World Changers Award to recognize her and other individual students who raise awareness about the power of inclusion.

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.

Nikolaj Coster Waldau at NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand

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.