The following are some of the frequently asked questions we get at the school. We are here to help, so if you have a question that is not answered here then please let us know here.
What is an international school?
An international school in Thailand means a school that is licensed by the Ministry of Education but which is accredited externally and which uses a curriculum of its own. International schools can follow a curriculum of their own choosing while normal schools must follow the Thailand national curriculum.
What curriculum do you use?
UDIS uses the National Curriculum of England (NCE) which is taught through inquiry-based learning. More information about our curriculum can be found here.
What is inquiry-based learning?
Inquiry-based learning is a process where students formulate questions, investigate to find answers, build new understandings, meanings and knowledge, and then communicate their learnings to others.
Why choose an international education?
International education is suitable for students who plan on returning to countries outside of Thailand or who intend to pursue further studies in countries outside of Thailand. An international education prepares students for study outside of Thailand. An international education is also an excellent way to learn English because students are immersed in the language as we teach almost entirely in English. If students begin school at a young age then they are very receptive to new languages and can pick it up very easily.
What is accreditation and how does it work?
Accreditation is the process upon which school quality can be maintained because an external authority examines all aspects of a school before certification is granted. Students from accredited schools can easily shift to other institutions because they share the same educational standards.
Where do your teachers come from?
At UDIS, homeroom teachers come from across the world. We look for home-country qualified teachers who value internationalism and hold inquiry learning as central to their teaching practice. We highly value our qualified staff as they are essential for us in meeting the desired levels of educational quality we want to provide.
Do students study Thai language?
Thai language and culture remains an important part of the curriculum as multi-lingual children have more understanding and empathy towards diversity. However, the study of Thai language is limited to the Thai language and culture subject at the school. We do offer extra Thai classes for students, as an extra-curricular subject, for parents that want their children to study more Thai.
What other languages do you offer?
Students also learn Chinese at our school with classes for all levels. We feel that it is important for children to have knowledge of a variety of languages and Chinese is an important language for the part of the world our school is located in.
Why are fees so high?
School fees reflect the high costs of the quality of our teaching staff and the latest learning resources, materials and state of the art facilities that we provide. Unfortunately, the level of quality we seek to offer comes at a high cost although we believe there are tremendous advantages in providing children with a high quality education. We are also very competitively priced with comparable international schools in Thailand and work hard to keep our fees as low as we can.