Taking place 9-10 March 2020, BMI’s Thailand Global Education Fair will connect accredited institutions from overseas to top-rated private high schools in Bangkok.
In two action-packed days, you’ll meet with bilingual Thai students who are eager to learn about their study abroad options and find schools that best match their educational goals.
These exclusive schools have been carefully selected for their quality curriculum and their enthusiasm to proactively prepare their students for studying abroad.
At each school, you will participate in an on-campus fair that will directly connect you with senior students, parents and high school counsellors.
Escorted visits to top Thai high schools
With parents and high school counsellors playing a key role in Thai students’ decision making, having face to face, personal interaction with this audience in Bangkok will be a critical part of any strong recruitment strategy for the Thai market.
According to International School Consultancy Group’s (ISC) 2017 report, there are 181 international schools in Thailand, making the country the fourth highest number of English-medium private schools in Asia after China, Japan and Indonesia. In total, there were 64,928 students enrolled in international schools in Thailand.
These strong numbers signify plenty of recruitment opportunities for international secondary schools looking to forge exchange programmes with Thai schools, as well as for post-secondary institutions that are interested in attracting top talent from Thailand’s English-speaking schools. At the K-12 level, Thai high school students are most attracted to study abroad options in Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
Higher education destinations for Thai students
The desire for Thai students to study abroad is fuelled by sluggish improvements to the country’s own higher education system and political instability at home. The majority of Thai students are self-funded, and there are several government-supported scholarships available at the bachelors, masters and PhD levels. The US, UK, and Australia are the most population destinations for Thai students, along with Japan, South Korea, Germany and France.
Austrade reported that the country hosted 19,665 Thais in 2018, down from 21,308 in 2017. Thailand is a particularly strong market for Australia’s ELICOS and VET sectors, ranked as the third strongest source country for July 2017 year-to-date commencements in both of those sectors. Meanwhile, Thailand also ranked as the tenth most popular source market for the schools sector.
The Thai International Education Consultants Association (TIECA) states that approximately 13,000 Thais apply for study visas to the USA every year. Thai enrolment in US higher education has been slowly declining over the last 10-20 years, and the IIE’s 2018 Open Doors Report revealed that 6,636 Thai students were studying in the USA which was a dip overall, however, there was also a 2.3% increase in the number of undergraduates (2,859).
Meanwhile, the UK continues to hold its appeal among the Thais, with HESA reporting that there were 6,270 Thai students in UK higher education as of 2017/18, up from 6,175 in 2016/17 and 6,095 in 2015/16.
Previous high schools visited during the Thailand Global Education Fair
2020 tour dates
Asia, Bangkok, Thailand
Visit Bangkok's leading international & private high schools to meet senior students, parents and high school counsellors.
Other student recruitment opportunities while you are in Southeast Asia
Good news! You will receive a 50%, or USD2500, discount on your participation in the BMI Agent Workshop Asia if you are also exhibiting in the Thailand Global Education Fair.
Once you select both the fair and the workshop, this discount will automatically be applied at checkout.
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
BMI's biannual Vietnamese student recruitment fairs consistently draw in thousands of academically-oriented students and their parents to bring them in direct contact with institutions from around the world. BMI also takes a limited number of accredited institutions on chauffeured visits to top-rated private high schools in both cities.
This event is endorsed by the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and gives K-12 providers an opportunity to meet parents who are sending
their children to overseas boarding schools, high schools and short-term camps or programmes.