Expat Kids in Thailand – Key Factors to Consider When Picking a School


There are lots of options for parents when it comes to choosing a school in Thailand. If you are an expat and you want to know more about the education system, there are lots of great resources online. Choosing a school to send your child to will be a major decision, so it is important to consider all of these factors.

Where do you intend to live?

Most expats who move to Thailand with families for work-related reasons usually relocate to the capital as that is where most of the international companies are based. If this is not the case and you are free to choose whatever city you like, your options decrease as you move out of the big cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

If you are looking for an international school in Bangkok, you’ll have plenty of options in the capital. If you are considering somewhere outside the capital, your options aren’t as numerous. Nearly all of the best international, private, and even public schools are based in Bangkok.

What is your budget?

The next question you must ask yourself is about your budget. International schools are the costliest, for obvious reasons – modern facilities, quality teachers, international curriculum etc. if you are going to work in one of these schools, your child’s education usually comes for free which is a bonus. If you don’t go to an international school, several good private schools teach in both Thai and English. After that, your only other option is a public Thai school.

What type of school is your child currently in?

If your child speaks English, it will be easier for them to integrate into an international school more than anywhere else. Private schools are also a good option, but they’ll have to take some classes in Thai. Public schools are usually out of the question as the entire curriculum is taught in Thai.

How long will you be staying?

The length of your stay will have a bearing on the type of school you choose for your child. If you want them to further their education, an international school may be the best option.

As you can see, there are many things to consider when choosing a school in Thailand for an expat child. You should make a shortlist of schools and do plenty of research about them online. Where possible, schedule a campus visit to learn more about the environment, faculty, and facilities on offer.