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Paris, Silicon Valley

42

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42 offers tuition-free technology education programs in Paris and Silicon Valley. 42 has no teachers or traditional classes. Instead, they use project-based and problem-based learning along with peer code review to foster a tight-knit learning community ready for the tech workplace. Students learn soft skills, creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, communication, and how to work in teams. The 42 curriculum covers subjects in full stack web development, cybersecurity, data visualization, and more. 

42 offers an intensive one-year program called Starfleet Academy, in addition to flexible programs that last up to five years. Students are mentored by industry experienced professionals and the school revolves around a project-based "peer-to-peer” learning model. The curriculum is gamified through experience points, levels, and correction points. Since the curriculum is “mastery-based,” students don't advance to the next section until they've displayed mastery of the skills for that level. 

Prospective students don’t need a degree or specific technical background to get into 42. In Paris, admission is determined through a series of logic tests to lower the competitive applicant pool (‘Piscine’) down to only the most qualified candidates. In Silicon Valley, applicants must participate in an intensive 28-day basic training with daily coding exercises and challenges.

During the course, students in Paris are required to complete at least one internship for 3-6 months. In Silicon Valley, the internship portion is optional. The school provides connections to tech companies by helping students work on company projects and by hosting professionals in guest lectures and career fairs. 42 connects with companies in the Bay Area, from S&P 500 companies to local startups, to ensure they’re meeting hiring needs.

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  • 42 Starfleet Academy

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    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $0
    Class size
    420
    Location
    Silicon Valley
    42 Starfleet Academy is all 21 levels of the 42 program squeezed into 12 months where students work 50-70 hours a week - it's intensive, but it's good. 42 trains you for the digital world. You need 21st-century skills and to be prepared for the workplace today, so we've brought the workplace inside a school. 42 has no teachers, courses, or classes, because the workplace doesn't have them. Instead, we use project-based and problem-based learning along with peer-correction (like code review) to foster a tight-knit learning environment. Students learn soft skills, creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, communication, and how to work in teams. They have to give and receive correction, defend their code, and adhere to Norms. With 42 Starfleet Academy, students control when they learn and how they learn. Starfleeters have a set curriculum they must follow and complete in 12 months. The program is designed to develop strong, well-founded software engineers, particularly those who want to work at top-level tech companies. The program is intense but students form a tight-knit community with other Starfleeters. Our system is gamified through experience points, levels, and correction points. Our curriculum is skills or mastery-based, meaning you don't advance to the next level until you've displayed mastery of the skills for the level that you're on. Your software has to work and if it doesn't, you have to go back and fix it, because that's what you do in the real world. Admissions is based on merit: we don't ask for GPAs, test scores, degrees, essays, or references. You have to survive Intensive Basic Training which is a 28-day intensive coding challenge that takes place on campus. It's an intensive learning process with 12-15 hour days, but you don't need to have any priori coding experience to do well. We do not guarantee employment and we do not do job placement because 42 is about training for the real world, and in the real world, you need to learn the art of the job application process. However, 42 has strong relationships with employers and companies in the area and already has internship and hiring programs with companies specifically for 42 students. We do not provide visas and do not provide any assistance with visas. This program began in January 2018, so we don't have any graduates yet.
    Financing
    Deposit
    $0. Dorms have a deposit of $42 or $84.
    Financing
    Our programs are free. We have special programs and opportunities with companies for stipends and income that aims to help with living costs.
    Tuition Plans
    None - our school is free.
    Refund / Guarantee
    None
    Scholarship
    Our programs are free. We have special programs and opportunities with companies for stipends and income that aims to help with living costs.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    None
    Prep Work
    None for Basic Training. Basic Training is our admissions process, so we count that as the "placement test." You must pass Basic Training in order to make it into 42 as a student to become a Starfleeter.
    Placement Test
    Yes
    Interview
    No
  • Intensive Basic Training

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    Git, Linux, Data Structures, Algorithms
    In PersonFull Time3 Weeks
    Start Date
    None scheduled
    Cost
    $0
    Class size
    420
    Location
    Silicon Valley
    Intensive Basic Training is an immersive coding experience. It's the admissions process for 42 Silicon Valley. This 28-day intensive session is designed to push students, create a learning community, and develop basic coding skills. Every day, 7 days a week, students must complete coding challenges and exercises. They are released at 8:42am daily and are due at 11:42pm. There are no teachers, courses, or classes. Students don't attend lectures. Instead, you code. Our program is designed to reflect the real-world life of a software engineer: you have projects, you work individually and in teams, and your superiors don't necessarily know the answer to your question. Instead, you use the people around you and the resources available on the internet to figure out, test, and improve solutions. Many students say Basic Training was a great life experience. Other say they learned more in 1 week of Basic Training than they did in 4 years of college. The goal of Intensive Basic Training is to prepare you for 42, provide an opportunity to students to see if you like to code and thus a career as a software engineer, and to serve as the admissions process for the school. We like using C. It is not a bootcamp and do not expect to get a job at the end. This is just the beginning :) 42 Silicon Valley runs 4-8 Basic Training sessions per year. They are all free.
    Financing
    Deposit
    $0 because the program is free. $42 for dorms if applicable.
    Financing
    None - the program is free.
    Tuition Plans
    None - the program is free.
    Refund / Guarantee
    None
    Scholarship
    None - the program is free.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    None
    Prep Work
    None required. Intensive Basic Training is the "prep work" and the "placement test" for our full 42 program and for 42 Starfleet Academy.
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    No
  • The 42 Program

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    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $0
    Class size
    1024
    Location
    Silicon Valley
    The 42 program is a self-paced program that ranges from 1-5 years for completion. Students at 42 Silicon Valley tend to spend 7-15 months at 42 before finding jobs or gaining internships and thus they tend to leave before finishing level 21. Students at the Paris campus tend to stay longer but don't live on campus. 42 trains you for the digital world. You need 21st-century skills and to be prepared for the workplace today, so we've brought the workplace inside a school. 42 has no teachers, courses, or classes, because the workplace doesn't have them. Instead, we use project-based and problem-based learning along with peer-correction (like code review) to foster a tight-knit learning environment. Students learn soft skills, creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, communication, and how to work in teams. They have to give and receive correction, defend their code, and adhere to Norms. At 42 students control what they learn, when they learn, and how they learn. Our system is gamified through experience points, levels, and correction points. Our curriculum is skills or mastery-based, meaning you don't advance to the next level until you've displayed mastery of the skills for the level that you're on. Your software has to work and if it doesn't, you have to go back and fix it, because that's what you do in the real world. Admissions is based on merit: we don't ask for GPAs, test scores, degrees, essays, or references. You have to survive Intensive Basic Training which is a 28-day intensive coding challenge that takes place on campus. It's an intensive learning process with 12-15 hour days, but you don't need to have any priori coding experience to do well. 99% of students level 10 or above are employed or interning who want to have a job - some want to pursue more levels. We do not guarantee employment and we do not do job placement because 42 is about training for the real world, and in the real world, you need to learn the art of the job application process. However, 42 has strong relationships with employers and companies in the area and already has internship and hiring programs with companies specifically for 42 students. We do not provide visas and do not provide any assistance with visas. We count graduation as students who finish level 21 - only students are counted as alumni whenever they get employed or intern, so we have alumni before we have graduates.
    Financing
    Deposit
    For the program, $0. Our dorms have a $84 deposit requirement.
    Financing
    Our school is free. We have programs and partnerships with companies that help with living costs but require commitment from students.
    Tuition Plans
    None because our school is free.
    Refund / Guarantee
    None.
    Scholarship
    Our school is free. We have programs and partnerships with companies that help with living costs but require commitment from students.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    None
    Prep Work
    Complete Intensive Basic Training - it's our admissions process. 28 days of coding challenges, entirely based on merit. We count that as the "placement test."
    Placement Test
    Yes
    Interview
    No

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    So I attended 42 for 5 months before getting kicked out for posting an article on the slack from the drudge report that I thought why not since most things posted on the slack at 42 was non sense anyways and no one really relied on the slack channel for anything besides memes and what was on the menu for the cafeteria food that day (WHICH IS ALWAYS BAD.. some times you get spam in the freaking rice when they say its turkey, and then they lather it up with sweet goo from the gummy bear factory that looks awful...) and I was bombarded by hateful comments about how I was a dumbass and all this non sense that I know I shouldn't have started by posting any article from the drudge report in a leftist society but omg this place was ready to pounce on me, expelling me for "hateful and provoking comments" when I was just holding a convo on slack with no cuss words or any R-rated stuff ( don't live in California for 5 months if not prepared to live with homeless/ trans/ intolerant people).. Now about the curriculum, its awful, just plain awful, they teach you to heavily depend on your neighbor for answers and most of these neighbors have their own project and/or coding language they specialize in at a given time, based on certain projects requiring in-depth knowledge on the subject (A.I. to app development to blockchain etc) and their supposed to know exactly what your talking about and vice-versa, now I think an experienced person would fly through old projects, but what would that teach the new guy? and then they think about that and say "go figure it out" then your like ok I get I'm supposed to learn this on my own but holy fudge I just spent a month straight working my ass off to graduate the "piscine",, can you give me a little bit of an easier time learning this? the answer at 42 is nope, learn it on your own, and while your at it stay on the lab computer for 38 hours and do 2 exams a month or you can find a new 12x12 box to live in for a while. It's great for the first month but after that, if your not into living in California paying 1200$ a month for a studio and 500$ ticket for red light violations then, by all means, go for it... If you care about the world around you and your money, stay at home, get a fun job, learn it on your own (through college, local community, friends etc), take your passion to a workplace that needs a developer and love your family because that's all you have in the end. 42 is not the answer.

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    Hi there, I can only comment on the "Piscine" intensive basic training program. It is indeed very intensive. It is also very social. I spent about 100 hrs a week in the lab and lived on campus (almost necessary to pass... don't go if you can't get into the dorms, even if you live in the area.)

    The program is entirely self- and peer-taught. You are given assignments 7 days a week and expected to complete them using online resources and the people in the room.

    I took to the experience really well, but I'd already had a solid foundation in programming Python. People without any programming experience might be overwhelmed. Overall, the most intense and rewarding programming experience I've ever had.

Thanks!