International Students

International students have a lot of questions about coming to 42 Silicon Valley. 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. During our Piscine you’ll not only have made friends, but you’ll also get a taste for how our community runs.

Many people have questions about visas and housing. Check out commonly asked questions below.

Does 42 Silicon Valley offer student visas?

No. Unfortunately, 42 Silicon Valley cannot provide a visa, or assist with any visa documentation, as we are not legally permitted to do so.  Please reach out to your local embassy or government entity for more information.

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

No. 42 Silicon Valley is not legally permitted to provide documents for any visa. Again, we recommend reaching out to your local embassy or government entity for more information.

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

42 Silicon Valley does not issue 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 Silicon Valley program if I cannot get a student visa?

International students are more than welcome to join 42 Silicon Valley, provided that they are able to secure their visas on their own. Please reach out to your local embassy or government entity for more information. 42 Silicon Valley cannot assist with any visa related questions or documentation, as we are not legally permitted to do so.

You have to complete the Piscine first in order to get into the full 42 Silicon Valley program. The Piscine lasts for 28 days, so research your entry options to figure out if you are able to stay long enough to complete the Piscine.

Students need to enter the program and complete the curriculum up to a level 7 at the 42 campus where they completed the Piscine. For example, students cannot complete a Piscine at 42 Silicon Valley and transfer to another 42 campus without reaching level 7 first.

In terms of our full program, it’s not bound by time, but you must work with the academic team regarding your plan. You could come for whatever amount of time your nationality is allowed to enter the United States, then return home for a bit, then come back to 42 Silicon Valley later on and continue your studies for whatever amount of time your nationality is allowed. Availability of dorms is not guaranteed if you come back, therefore, if a dorm room is unavailable, accommodation is entirely your responsibility.

What kind of visa can I get?

42 Silicon Valley 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 Silicon Valley 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 United States or Bay Area?

It is possible, but it is NOT guaranteed. We do NOT guarantee any jobs or any job placements. 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.  There may be employers who are willing to hire engineers and sponsor their visas, but that is up to each individual employer to make that decision. Keep in mind that international hiring is affected by the political, economic, and social environment which is far beyond 42 Silicon Valley’s control.

What are my housing options as an international student?

We have approximately 600 spaces in “Nostromo” Residence Hall available for students. They are free, but they are on a first-come, first serve basis. After you register for a Piscine, you will need to request a room. Requests must be received before starting the Piscine. After you register for a specific Piscine 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. Students may live locally and commute to 42 Silicon Valley at a time convenient for them.

What types of jobs could 42 Silicon Valley students eventually apply for?

42 Silicon Valley students can apply to any job in the digital technology field. But it is always the responsibility of the student to secure their own employment. 42 Silicon Valley does not provide any job placements.