Frequently Asked Questions
42 is an innovative educational concept and a global network of tuition-free coding schools that aspires to redefine tech education. The first campus was established in Paris in 2013 by Xavier Niel and his co-founders. The school operates without professors, promoting self-driven learning and collaboration through a unique peer-to-peer pedagogy and project-based learning.
With a remarkable track record of 100% hiring rate among graduates, 80% of whom secure opportunities before graduation, 42 has expanded its global footprint to 50 campuses across 29 countries.
The name “42” is a cultural reference to the book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams, where it represents the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
We believe that talent and potential should be the only criteria for admission, not financial resources. Our program is completely free for all students, thanks to funding from industry players of all sizes. This allows us to provide a high-quality education in software engineering without any financial obligations before, during, or after your studies.
Crucially, our graduates are not required to work for our partner companies. We’re committed to providing a high-quality education that prepares our graduates for success in their careers, and we believe that our model of talent-based admission and no financial obligations is the best way to achieve this goal.
No, not at all! You do not need to have any prior experience in programming. There’s no evidence students with coding skills do better at the Piscine than those who do not have any prior experience. Meet the Pisciners of 42 Wolfsburg.
All you need to join us is to be 18 or older. Age is just a number here, so there’s no upper limit! Don’t worry about your background, education, or degree; your passion and dedication matter most to us. If you’re under 18, you’re still welcome to apply and attend one of our introductions. Just make sure you’ve hit that 18 mark by the time you’re ready to jump into the Piscine.
Absolutely! We’re happy to give you another shot at the Online Games if your first try didn’t quite work out. Keep in mind, though, we can only offer this chance one time! To claim your second attempt, just follow the instructions in the email that comes with your test results. Fingers crossed and good luck!
We understand your situation. However, it’s important to note that all campuses within the 42 network, including ours, require in-person participation. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! We provide support to our Pisciners and students in making the move to Wolfsburg. If you have any questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our Relocation Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re here to make your journey to 42 as smooth as possible!
42 delivers a higher education experience that’s entirely hands-on, with a laser focus on software engineering and real-world applicability. Our curriculum is project-driven, ensuring students not only learn but apply their knowledge daily in collaborative team settings.
A study by Stack Overflow highlighted that a significant 54% of Computer Science graduates feel their coursework lags behind, often necessitating extra self-study to truly be job-ready. At 42, this isn’t a concern. Our curriculum is frequently updated to stay ahead of industry trends.
As a testament to our effectiveness, our students hit the ground running post-graduation. In fact, a whopping 80% secure job offers even before they complete their studies at 42!
You need to be able to adapt quickly and overcome difficulties, be proactive, curious, creative, thorough, and collaborative. You will also develop those skills along the way. Other than that, just bring yourself and be yourself – there is no prior coding experience needed.
Yes! You may transfer to a different campus as long as you have not attended the Piscine yet. Please keep in mind that you will need to study on the campus on which you did your Piscine. After completing the Core Curriculum, you may transfer to a different campus.
Jump to the application platform and sign in. Create an issue in the category of “Campus Switch Request“. After transferring, you will continue your application process as before.
The Piscine is the heart of our application process. It is a four-week-long trial period during which you discover the basics of coding. Picture it like a condensed version of the school so you can also see if 42 is a good fit for you. You do not need any prior coding experience or previous degrees. This period will be very intense and requires commitment. There is no fixed number of applicants to be selected – there is no competition!
Learn more about the Piscine here.
The beginning of your studies is a continuation of the Piscine. Instead of interrupting your learning process, we recommend you to select a Kick-Off-Date that is closest to your Piscine. However, it is indeed possible to select a Kick-Off-Date that is not directly after your Piscine
Don’t worry! You can do up to two Piscines during your lifetime. Please keep in mind that you need to wait for 300 days before tackling your second Piscine. Challenge yourself once again! Dive into the waters of code together with your peers.
You’ll need to complete the core curriculum at the same campus where you did your Piscine. Once you start the Piscine, you’re committed to that campus until you finish the core curriculum. After wrapping up the core curriculum and your first internship, you’re free to transfer to any school of the 42 network for your specialisation!
At 42 Wolfsburg, we understand that everyone’s learning journey is unique. While the Core Curriculum requires around 2,000 hours of work, data from our global 42 network suggests that students, on average, complete it in 18 months when studying full-time.
However, one of the things that make our program unique is its flexibility. You can tailor your study duration anywhere between 12 to 24 months, depending on your pace. But remember, working at your own pace doesn’t mean showing up sporadically; it means adjusting your speed while consistently putting in the effort. Ideally, 42 should be your primary focus. While juggling your studies at 42 Wolfsburg with a part-time job might be feasible, treating them as a side activity isn’t recommended.
The duration you’ll spend on the curriculum directly correlates with the hours you invest. If you halve the hours, expect to take twice as long to finish the Core Curriculum. However, there’s a 2-year cut-off for completing the Core.
Beyond the Core Curriculum, if you opt for the full program, which includes 2 internships and a specialisation, you’re looking at just over three years of full-time commitment. This rigorous training equips you with skills comparable to a master’s degree. But the choice is yours.
Whether you aim to graduate as a proficient junior developer in a year or spread your journey over five years, what matters is the knowledge and experience you gain, not the time it takes. After all, it’s about mastering the craft, not racing through it.
During your Piscine, it is close to impossible to work. We strongly recommend you to focus on your Piscine. The Core Curriculum itself is designed to be full time, but is flexible enough to accommodate other minor engagements.
There are no teachers or lectures. 42 is a school based on peer-to-peer learning, in which students explore by themselves. They learn with and from each other. Our pedagogical team ensures that the learning environment works properly, and that our students are progressing. Aristotle once said: “Teaching is the highest form of understanding.” We learn while we teach.
Peer-to-peer learning is a transformative educational approach where students become both learners and teachers. Instead of relying solely on a designated instructor, students actively engage with and learn from their peers. This model fosters critical thinking, as students are encouraged to question, analyze, and discuss concepts collaboratively.
Teamwork is at the heart of this approach, promoting effective communication and mutual respect. Furthermore, by evaluating each other’s work and articulating their methodologies, students not only reinforce their own understanding but also gain insights from diverse perspectives. This dynamic exchange often leads to deeper comprehension and a richer learning experience.
Project-based learning is an immersive educational approach where students delve deep into subjects by tackling real-world challenges and issues. Instead of merely following set instructions or rote memorization, students actively engage, applying hands-on techniques and using their critical thinking skills.
Within this framework, students advance through the curriculum by successfully executing projects, earning points in the process. As they accumulate these points, they ascend to higher levels, unlocking new projects and specialized branches to explore.
Your peers will assess the quality of your projects based on grading scales defined by the pedagogical staff. Vice versa: You will assess the quality of your peers’ projects. During our exams, to which you can sign up for twice a week, your code will also be evaluated by a program developed by 42, called the “Moulinette”.
You start building a base in the C programming language and fundamental programming concepts. As you progress towards your first internship, you can explore introductory branches in UNIX, graphics, and web programming.
After your first internship, the curriculum will include more in-depth projects in many fields of computer science: Object-Oriented programming, Mobile programming, Functional programming, Web security, Reverse engineering, Malicious Code, Kernel programming, Network programming, Artificial intelligence, 3D programming, and many other areas of programming and IT.
Your second and final internship will complete the studies.
There are more than 1oo projects laid out like a tree. When you complete a project, you can move to the next branch until the branches split, allowing you to discover multiple aspects of coding and IT. Your experience will be unique as you experiment with projects and choose to follow different curriculum specialisation paths.
There are not tuition fees. However, you have to cover your living expenses such as accommodation, nutrition, and anything else you might need.
Some of our students work part time, and we even offer student jobs ourselves from time to time.
While we at 42 Wolfsburg are currently unable to provide official diplomas, we certainly don’t leave our students empty-handed. Upon completion of our program, we proudly issue a certificate of completion, a testament to your hard work and dedication.
But it’s not just about the certificate. Our program is designed to equip you with real-world experience as you complete projects, build a personal portfolio, and acquire vital skills for a thriving technology career. The value of our program is recognized globally, thanks to the 42 network’s strong international reputation and our students’ impressive 100% employment rate.
Rest assured, companies are always on the lookout for quality programmers, and our 42 graduates are highly sought after, standing shoulder to shoulder with other applicants in the job market.
At 42, we focus on teaching you how to navigate a myriad of problems, rather than just equipping you to solve specific issues with particular tools. Our graduates are more than just coders; they’re team players armed with robust problem-solving abilities, a flair for critical thinking, and an insatiable appetite for lifelong learning.
We don’t box you into a specific technology or language. Instead, we instill in you the fundamental techniques that form the bedrock of all coding languages. This approach ensures you’re not just prepared for your first job, but are equipped with adaptable skills that will remain relevant throughout your evolving career.
Finding both internships required to validate the course is a crucial part of your learning process. 42 Wolfsburg will provide you with a way to acquire knowledge, build confidence, and access professionals through conferences, hackathons, and workshops. However, it is up to you to make the call and step up to the challenge in the end. At 42 Wolfsburg, you will not only gain hard skills and develop essential soft skills, but you will also create a crucial network.
Yes! Once a 42 Wolfsburg student, our doors will always be open for you! Alumni can come back to continue their studies at any time they want. We want you to stay part of the community and share new-found knowledge from the real world with other students.
You name it! Completing the course gives you access to many positions and jobs in the digital world, from worldwide leading tech companies to startups and everything in between.
All our content and projects are presented in English. Don’t worry if you’re not fluent; joining us is a great opportunity to naturally enhance your English proficiency as you progress.
While speaking German isn’t a requirement to study with us, it’s worth noting that navigating daily life in Germany might offer some adventurous moments if you’re unfamiliar with the local language. Embrace the journey and the learning experiences it brings!
Embarking on an international study journey can bring its fair share of administrative and logistical challenges, particularly when you’re trying to navigate them from a distance.
That’s where our Relocation Office steps in! We’re here to provide you with invaluable guidance on:
– Securing accommodation in Wolfsburg
– Navigating visa, residence permit, and other official procedures
– Offering tips and advice for living in Germany
We’re committed to making your transition as smooth as possible!
Absolutely! We’ve established strong partnerships with several housing providers to ensure you find a place to call home with ease. Our Relocation Office is always on hand to guide you through any accommodation queries. Feel free to drop us a line at email@example.com. We’re here to help!
Navigating the visa process can be daunting, but our Relocation Office is here to guide you. For detailed information about the application process, don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. While we’re here to support and advise, please note that the actual visa application and related procedures will be your responsibility. We’re with you every step of the way!
Yes we do! However, our scholarship program is only available to our enrolled students. Please note that scholarships are not available during the Piscine period.
Eligible students can receive up to 750 Euros per month, for a maximum duration of 12 months.
To apply for a scholarship, you’ll be required to submit a motivation letter and a study plan, as well as provide details about your personal and financial circumstances.
Typically, the application deadline is set a few weeks prior to the Kick-Off. Expect to receive an email notification about the upcoming scholarship round a month or two in advance of the Kick-Off.
All students, who are registered for a given Kick-Off, can apply if they have legal residency right to stay in Germany for the time of the Core Curriculum, and do not have enough financial means to support their studies.
As a rule, having a visa with a blocked account means, that you have access to a monthly sum of money that should allow you to support yourself. As a result, at the moment, scholarships cannot be granted to people who have a blocked account.