International students

International students have a lot of questions about coming to 42. We have a diverse population in terms of background, but also in terms of culture. If you’re worried about fitting in, don’t be. One week at our Intensive Basic Training and you’ll not only have made friends, but you’ll also get a taste for how our community runs.

Everyone asks about visas and housing. Check out commonly asked questions below.

Does 42 offer student visas?

No. We cannot because we are not an accredited institution and we don’t meet the government’s requirements to participate in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. We do not give advice, explanations, or additional documents for their visa (i.e. support letter, etc).

Can you provide a letter of acceptance or Form I-20 to help me get a student visa?

No. We are not an accredited institution and we don’t meet the government’s requirements to participate in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. We do not give advice, explanations, or additional documents for their visa (i.e. support letter, etc).
We recommend talking to other students in the #visa channel on our Slack.

If I’m not American and I do not have a green card, can I come to 42?

42 does not give student visas. International students are more than welcome to join 42, provided that they are able to secure their visas on their own.

Can I still do the 42 program if I cannot get a student visa?

You have to survive Intensive Basic Training first in order to get into the full 42 program. Basic Training lasts for 28 days, so research your entry options to figure out if you can do Basic Training. You can return to your home country after completing Basic Training. In terms of our full program, it’s not bound by time. You could come for whatever amount of time your nationality is allowed to enter the US, then return home for a bit, then come back to 42 later on and continue your studies for whatever amount of time your nationality is allowed. However, you better be prepared to work your little butt off if you want to take this approach. Also, you will not be able to apply for a dorm if you come back: accommodation would be entirely your responsibility.
We recommend talking to other students in the #visa channel on our Slack.

What kind of visas can I get?

Ummm, we don’t know, we’re not immigration lawyers. 42 does not give student visas because we are not an accredited institution. You could try doing some research or contact an immigration lawyer but 42 will not be offering advice or explanations about visa types. No information contained on this page can be considered legal advice or visa-related advice.

Would a non-U.S. Citizen be able to get a job in the US or Bay Area?

It is possible, but it is NOT guaranteed. We do NOT guarantee any jobs or any job placements. It is up to YOU to get a job. Welcome to the real world. Our international students have a mix of preferences: some want to go back to their home country, to other countries, or live in the US. Students have attended 42 for a year, then returned home and found employment in the programming/data fields. Others have gone to other countries, some requiring visas. There are employers who are willing to hire engineers and sponsor their visas, but that is up to you to be good enough to get the job! Keep in mind that international hiring is affected by the political, economic, and social environment which is far beyond 42’s control.

What are my housing options as an international student?

We have approximately 300 spaces in “Nostromo” Residence Hall available for students. They are free, but they are reserved for those who need them the most. After your check-in you will be able to register for a “piscine“. At that point, you will need to request a room. Requests must be received before starting Intensive Basic Training. After you register for a specific Intensive Basic Training date, you will receive credentials that can be used to log on to our dorms website to request a room. You must provide proof of U.S. residency or a Visa as part of the application for a dorm room.
*Note: Students are not required to live on campus. In fact, we encourage students to live locally and commute to 42 at a time convenient for them.
If you do not need or get a dorm, students live locally as well, and some team up through Slack to find housing together (often called “hacker houses”).

What types of jobs could 42 students eventually apply for?

42 students can apply to any job in the digital technology field.