Our application website is closed until further notice. All of our Piscines have been cancelled.

Dear Community 42, our campus is currently closed for the remainder of 2021 to new and prospective students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We did not make this decision lightly as we are following the lead of the City of Fremont and the Bay Area community. The health and well-being of our students in 42 Silicon Valley is our top priority and we hope to resume our activities there soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at contact@42.us.org.

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.


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.

The Piscine 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!

Download our student brochure


What is the Piscine Like?

Check out our day-in-the-life videos of three students.