The Benefits of Studying at an International School: Cultural Exposure and Global Perspective - Bangkok Prep

The Benefits of Studying at an International School: Cultural Exposure and Global Perspective

Besides the world-class education you would expect to find in an international school, many other key benefits make it a top choice. Often, we look at the curriculum, facilities, and extracurricular activities a school might offer, but we can overlook some specific positive effects the school environment has on children. One thing that makes international schools unique is the absolute cultural diversity among both students and faculty. There is nowhere else students are exposed to so many cultures and perspectives than an international school. This is why students who are part of these wonderful communities stand a far better chance in their lives beyond school. Today, we want to talk about the cultural exposure and global perspectives students will gain through international education and why both of these things are extremely important in later life.

Being surrounded by different cultures

Nothing does quite as much to develop an empathetic, understanding, and well-rounded individual as an international education. In an international school environment, a child’s education goes far beyond the classroom. Having exposure to educators from all over the world and a culturally diverse student body can work wonders for personal growth and development. Open-minded Worldview: Exposure to other cultures often broadens students’ horizons by allowing students to challenge their views and think flexibly about other people. Cultural Sensitivity: The more students learn about other countries and cultures, the more they will understand how to approach a plethora of situations they may encounter throughout their lives. Communication Development: Exposure to diverse languages and accents enhances students’ ability to communicate with people from various backgrounds. This is a precious life skill as the world evolves towards a more global market. Adaptability: A multicultural environment will teach a child to be adaptable, comfortable, and flexible in unfamiliar settings. This is a highly regarded life skill to ascertain. Personal Growth: When students immerse themselves in a multicultural environment, they often excel beyond the ones who have not. Students are also likely to have much more self-awareness and independence, allowing them to handle many situations they might not be able to otherwise. Appreciation for Diversity: Regular interaction with peers and faculty so culturally diverse gives students a natural appreciation and acceptance of others. Not only is this a brilliant tool for future studies or employment, but it is also a way to guarantee they make friends wherever they go. Civic Engagement: Being surrounded by various perspectives can help students foster a sense of global citizenship. This understanding of global issues can lead to a desire to participate in initiatives that positively impact the world around them. Critical Thinking: Nothing helps to develop well-rounded opinions more than understanding and evaluating the viewpoints of others as much as having exposure to cultural diversity. International schools pride themselves on their student’s engagement in thinking flexibly, empathy, and critical thinking. Collaboration Skills: International school students are renowned for their ability to collaborate with people of all backgrounds. This is a fantastic tool for improving teamwork and navigating cultural nuances in group dynamics. It is undoubtedly one thing future universities and employers look for. Cultural exchange Possibilities: Sometimes, it is possible for international schools to offer exchange programs where students have the opportunity to study in another country. These programs are primarily international school-based due to the diversity students will already be familiar with.

Developing a Global Network

One of the primary advantages of international schools is the culturally diverse friendship circles that develop among students. These incredible connections are invaluable in later professional and personal pursuits. Whether you want to move abroad or simply explore an unknown part of the world, an international school provides the friends needed to do so with ease. At international schools, there will be several yearly events which further solidify the friendships and connections being made. These can range from sporting competitions to family fun days. These multicultural events are an excellent place for students and parents to get to know each other outside of the classroom environment. Beyond school, there will be alumni events that aim to bring students back together to continue their friendship and social networking. These events can span the globe and are often organised by the alumni. Sometimes, they might even be online, enabling everyone to still keep in touch. International schools are a fantastic way for students to develop a solid social network they will have for the rest of their lives. When talking to people who attended international schools, the diversity and strength of their worldwide friendship group are often exceptional.

Preparation for Global Opportunities

By their very nature, international schools will do a lot to transform their students into global citizens. The cultural exposure they encounter can enhance their development in so many ways throughout school, but how can international schools prepare them for global opportunities? Universally Recognised Qualifications: The qualifications a student receives at an international school will be recognised by universities and employers across the world. Whatever the student wishes to do when they finish school, they will be equipped for new heights of achievement. Develop a Strong Resilience to Various Situations: Navigating the cultural differences and rigorous curriculum of an international school will give them the resilience to handle multiple situations, whether it is settling into a new culture or academic challenges at university. Ascertaining Language Proficiency: One thing that most global employers and universities want when looking at applications is proficiency in the English language. English is the lingua franca and is needed in most countries throughout the world. At an international school, all lessons will be conducted in English, and every student will leave with full knowledge of the language. Strong Academic Rigour: The academic rigour of international schools is specifically designed to prepare students for university-level coursework. It also fosters skills such as critical thinking, research, and self-discipline that will help them persevere in their education beyond school. Exploration and preparation for Global Opportunities: International schools also offer incredible career counselling and university placement services. These are designed to gear students towards any global opportunities they want to pursue. Students will be made aware of a broad range of opportunities that await them, like universities, scholarships, internships, and careers worldwide. Extracurricular Activities: Another great thing that will help students get the placement they want are the options for ECAs that you would be unlikely to find in any other educational institution. Universities, in particular, are always looking for these on a student’s resume.

Find Out More

If you would like to know more about how an international school can provide your child with a world-class education, help them get into the university of their dreams, and become a well-rounded individual, talk to Bangkok Prep today. Our international school in the heart of Bangkok boasts some of the best facilities you will find in Southeast Asia. Our highly experienced faculty will gladly talk you through anything you wish to know about what we offer to our students. If you want your child to persevere and become a successful global citizen, Bangkok Prep might just be the place for you.

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77 SUKHUMVIT 77, VADHANA
BANGKOK, 10110

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Primary School

The Head of Primary at Bangkok Prep emphasizes the importance of primary education in shaping students’ lives academically and socially. The school aims to prepare global citizens capable of facing life’s challenges in an ever-changing world. With a dedicated team of educators, Bangkok Prep sets high standards, encouraging students to dream big and work hard towards their goals.

Aligned with the National Curriculum of England and Wales, the school’s curriculum is adapted to reflect Thai culture and society. Teaching follows an innovative thematic approach, integrating real-life contexts with academic rigor to develop well-rounded individuals. Learning is personalized to cater to diverse abilities and talents, fostering mutual respect, trust, and inclusivity.

Bangkok Prep’s primary curriculum extends beyond statutory requirements, focusing on engaging cross-curricular themes to facilitate high-quality learning. Emphasizing active and interactive learning experiences, the curriculum encourages exploration, questioning, and collaboration. The school aims to nurture students’ curiosity, helping them discover lifelong passions and talents while preparing them for a fulfilling future.

Admissions Procedure

When choosing Bangkok Prep for your child, you’re welcomed into the school family, ensuring a warm and supportive environment. The admissions process begins with completing a brief enquiry form, followed by an invitation for an introductory visit and tour. Conveniently located on Sukhumvit 77, Bangkok Prep offers both Primary and Secondary campuses. Upon deciding on Bangkok Prep, applicants submit their application form and required documents. Assessment sessions are then scheduled based on the applicant’s year level, ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours. The assessment includes various activities and tests tailored to different age groups. After assessment, the admissions team evaluates the application and notifies the family of the decision within 1-2 weeks. Successful applicants receive a formal offer letter and an invoice for initial fees, including placement, security, and registration fees, which must be paid within the specified timeframe to secure the child’s place.

Early Years

At Bangkok Prep, the Early Years curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage framework of England, emphasizing thematic topics and child-led learning for a stimulating and enjoyable school experience. It nurtures learning through play and focuses on developing concepts, skills, and positive attitudes across various areas including personal, social, emotional, communication, language, physical, literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world, and expressive arts and design. The curriculum prioritizes individualized learning, ensuring continuous progress while maintaining confidence and a can-do attitude. Specialist sessions in Thai language and culture, music, library, physical education, and swimming further enhance learning opportunities. Supervised by native English teachers and Thai-speaking teaching assistants, children immerse in language acquisition through the immersion method, preparing them for the international community. The Early Years program prioritizes outdoor learning environments, valuing them as essential for children’s wellbeing and development. It serves as ideal preparation for the transition into primary school and provides resources for parents on the Foundation Years website.

Secondary School

Bangkok Prep prides itself on being a distinct international secondary school in Bangkok, prioritizing student needs and providing a stimulating learning environment. Central to this is the pastoral system, where each student is assigned to a tutor group led by a Form Tutor, ensuring personalized care and support. The curriculum evolves to meet students’ changing needs, offering a core curriculum supplemented by option subjects as students mature. Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) focuses on a broad curriculum adapted from the English National Curriculum, fostering personal growth. In Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11), students choose option subjects alongside a core curriculum, culminating in IGCSE examinations. Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) sees students specialize in Advanced Level courses while also engaging in a core curriculum and receiving support for university applications. Bangkok Prep fosters a warm, inclusive community and actively participates in regional competitions and events. The school encourages student involvement and leadership, ensuring a thriving learning environment. Contact information is provided for further inquiries.

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