F.A.Q

I live far away from Fremont. Am I obligated to come to the 42 campus to study in person?

Yes. The piscine, the 42 program, and Starfleet Academy must be completed in person at the 42 Silicon Valley campus. Developing soft skills, peer learning, and peer correcting are central to our learning philosophy, so you need to be here in person.

What are the age requirements for attending 42?

There are none! If you’re 18+ and want to learn how to code, come join us!

If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, check out our high school program. If you know some budding coders younger than age 13, you may find something fun for them at the office of Code for Fun on our campus.

Does 42 deliver a bachelor’s degree or another type of diploma?

42 does not grant degrees or diplomas. Our program is based on levels of experience that you earn with a project. We deliver a certificate of completion at the end of our program. The experience and skills that you acquire while studying at 42 are essential for technical job interviews, and 42 has a strong reputation and connections to industry.

If I successfully pass the “Piscine”, when does the school year start?

The school uses rolling admissions – view our dates on the Admissions Process page.

Will the school offer any online courses?

No. We believe that our system works better if you are physically present to interact with other students. We call it peer-learning. But if you really want to learn on your own there are many on-line options!

Why is 42 called 42?

Hint, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

What types of jobs could 42 students eventually apply for?

Students who have participated in the 42 program can apply to any job in the field of digital technology. So we’ve had students employed or interning as software engineers, product managers, solutions architects, UI/UX designers, etc.

What kind of courses does 42 offer?

There are no courses and no professors at 42. Students are actively learning by completing a variety of projects.

Do I have to know how to code to join 42?

No, not at all! It is not necessary to have any knowledge in programming to join and succeed at 42.

How do I know if I have been admitted to 42 after the Piscine?

After completing the Piscine, you will be informed of your admissions status by email within 15 days.

How many places are available each year?

Every year, around 3,000 candidates are selected to participate in the piscine. After this step, students who have successfully passed the piscine can enroll at 42 and start their studies.

How can 42 be tuition-free?

42 is free thanks to the financial support of Xavier Niel, a French entrepreneur and the founder of the telecommunications company “Free” in France.

If I have other obligations during the program, can I still participate in the Piscine?

Small appointments are not a problem, however commitments that will take up a majority of your day will be very difficult to accommodate. If you cannot commit to a full 4 weeks at this time, you can always register for a later date.

During the Piscine, can we live in the dorms?

We have a limited number of dormitory spaces available for students during the piscine, for those who need them most. Please note however, that students who have dormitory rooms during the piscine only have them for the duration of the 28 days, must leave the dormitories once it is over while waiting for the school year to begin regardless of whether or not they have been accepted to 42.

If a student gets accepted and wants to live in the dormitory again for the full program, they must re-apply!

What kind of job prospects should I expect after 42?

42 students end up in a variety of roles at a range of companies. Read more on our job opportunities page. Here in the Bay Area, we’re building special programs with Silicon Valley companies to make recruiting easier for companies and finding jobs easier for students.

After the Piscine, how many hours should I expect to come to the campus?

It’s up to you to organize yourself and your schedule. But you should expect to spend a majority of your week at the school.

If I have an opportunity to pause from the school, hypothetically for 6 months, after the beginning of the year, and I can go to work, am I allowed to leave?

Yes, of course! If you have an amazing opportunity, we would be happy for you if you are able to do that! Because we are a tuition-free program, we have no financial obligation to keep you here on campus to earn more money. But you don’t necessarily have to leave 42. At the end of the first year, you have to go on an internship of 4 to 6 months to get real world experience; so something like that would fit in perfectly with our curriculum.

What are some of the differences between 42 and a coding bootcamp?

1.We are free-of-charge. 2.The length of the program. 3.We are entirely about computer programming. We do not focus on specific languages, on web or mobile; we teach you how to code. We don’t want you to copy and paste functions that you found on internet. We want you to understand what you are typing and what exactly you are doing. We focus on depth of knowledge.

What are the “piscine” selection criteria?

We do not give out our exact selection criteria. However, we do look to see who is working hard, who is progressing, who has given up. It is not about who can finish all of the exercises the quickest, but who is determined to keep moving forward.

How many students are you selecting each year?

We have around 1000 work stations for the time being, but we want the best. That could be less than the number of work stations that we have or more, it all depends on how many students we see who are able to adapt to our particular pedagogy and work hard.

Do we have to sign some kind of contract at the beginning of the school, where you are going to ask us for money in 5 years?

No. 42 is free-of-charge before, during and after you study here. There are no hidden tuition fees.

Does 42 stake an Intellectual Property rights claim for any code that I produce while in the training facility?

No. 42 grants to all of its students the right of full-ownership for all code created within the Paris or Silicon Valley training facilities during project work (as well as any and all code written for side projects); whether this code had been developed before or after starting the program, the code’s creator will always maintain full-ownership.

Do you need math or technical experience to join 42? Will you propose some courses during the year?

You do not need any previous math or technical experience to join us.

Besides mentioning the website, if I wanted to share some great information about 42, is there anything else I could give to someone to spread the word about this amazing tuition-free coder training program?

Yes, please be sure to visit our media page where one can print out a copy of the brochure and/or booklet.

Do you have some advice for the piscine?

Sleep well, eat healthy foods and work hard. Good luck!