The piscine(‘pool’ in French) is the only part of the admissions process. It’s a 28-day experience in which only motivation and willpower will keep you afloat.

4 weeks of coding

Monday to Sunday, day and night

No previous experience required

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Many students consider it to be one of the highlights of their student life: everyone around you shares a similar passion for coding and is facing the exact same dilemmas at the same time.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to come and spend 4 weeks, 7 days a week, day and night, coding your heart out with several hundred other candidates all hoping to earn the same prize: to be a full-time student at 42.

2019 Piscine Dates

  • October 21 – November 15, 2019

2020 Piscine Dates

  • January 6 – January 31, 2020
  • April 6 – May 1, 2020
  • July 6 – July 31, 2020
  • August 10 – September 4, 2020
  • October 5 – October 30, 2020


We start with the basics, and using a computer, you will write your first lines of code before moving on to more complex coding exercises. No previous programming experience required! We simply ask that you know how to use a mouse and a keyboard.

Throughout this experience, you will try and you will fail, over and over again. That’s the point: learning the trial-and-error process builds stamina, determination, and process skills that are necessary to be a software engineer.

Basic Training is done using the 42 style of learning: no teachers, no classes or courses, no books. You work by yourself and in groups, ask your peers for help, help your peers, and complete projects. Not convinced? Try it!

So what are you waiting for?


Download our student brochure


What is the Piscine Like?

Check out our day-in-the-life videos of three students. You can also sign up for a virtual tour.