PISCINE: this is not a bootcamp

A totally new and immersive experience, in which only motivation, willpower and hard work will keep you afloat. This 4-week basic training is an incredibly rewarding, once in-a-lifetime experience.

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.

Basic Training Dates

  • October 22 – November 16, 2018
  • January 7 – February 1, 2019
  • March 25 – April 19, 2019
  • July 8 – August 3, 2019
  • August 5 – August 30, 2019
  • October 21 – November 15, 2019



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’s Basic Training Like?

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