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Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about 42.

No, this is not a scam. Yes, this is a free-for-all coding school with no strings attached. Below we prepared a list of the most asked questions - feel free to have a look and reach out if you feel something is missing!

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

WHAT IS '42'?

42 is a private, tuition-free coding school. It was founded in Paris in 2013 - Ecole 42. With a disruptive peer-to-peer education model and philosophy, 42 has achieved great results (100% of well-employed graduates, 80% have opportunities before graduation, 30% build their own companies, 50% never coded before). Due to their success, other 42 schools opened up all around the world. Currently there are 42 partner schools in more than 25 countries with more than 15,000 students. 42 Prague is the first 42 school in the Czech Republic.

IS THE PROGRAM FULL-TIME?

At 42, there are no scheduled classes. You organize your work and your schedule. The school is open 24 hours a day throughout the year, and you can expect to spend most of your working time on campus. We recommend seeing the program as a full-time activity, however, there are students who study and work part-time.

IS STUDYING AT 42 PRAGUE REALLY FREE?

Yes, 100% free. We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to develop their talents and fulfill their dreams, regardless of their background and resources. We will not charge you anything before, during, or after your journey at 42 Prague. This is possible thanks to the generous support of the ŠKODA AUTO, our main sponsor. However, you must consider that you need a place to sleep and cover your daily expenses (transport, meals, etc.). As for 42, you shouldn’t consider anything!

WHY ARE THERE NO TEACHERS IN 42?

42 uses a project-based learning approach, in which you develop your own solutions, supported by your peers. 42 provides the learning environment, and ensures that you are progressing along the curriculum.

Is there a physical campus for the school?

Yes. Starting summer 2022, we will have our campus located in the Kolbenova area in Prague. It will be open 24/7, because we want 42 Prague to always be available for each student to be able advance the program at their own space, in the hours that are most practical for them. This way, you can use our campus whenever you want, entering and leaving without any problems. You can also count on a campus security guard around the clock.

Do I need to use my own computer throughout the program?

You don’t need any material to study at 42 Prague. Our campus is equipped with enough computers for all students. You can bring your own computer and work on it, but you will only be able to submit your work on the school’s computers.

WHAT IS PEER-TO-PEER LEARNING?

Peer-to-peer learning is an education model where students learn from each other instead of learning from an appointed teacher. It emphasizes critical thinking, teamwork and communication. Students also evaluate each other and learn from explaining to peers.

WHAT LANGUAGE IS USED AT 42 PRAGUE?

All of 42’s content and projects are available in English. English is an important language to be able to thrive in the digital world and we want our students to think globally. At 42 Prague we use English as our common basic language to enable non-Czech speakers to participate and contribute, and to empower Czech-speakers to work internationally.

Does 42 have ownership rights to any code that students develop during the program?

No. 42 Prague students have full ownership of all the code they create on campus, in both curricular or personal projects. We don’t want to stop our students from making big strides and starting their own entrepreneurial path.

DOES THE SCHOOL ORGANIZE ANY EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES?

Yes! The best way to prepare our students for a job is by organizing regular events with guest speakers and other forms of collaborations with companies and organizations, such as hackathons and workshops.

DO I HAVE TO MOVE TO PRAGUE?

The program is on-site. So living in or close to Prague may be helpful.

WHY WOULD STUDENTS CHOOSE 42 OVER TRADITIONAL UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE?

42 Prague offers a program that is 100% practical and focused on coding. You'll work in teams and write code every day. At 42, students are immediately learning the principles of coding, while content is being updated on a regular basis. During the specialization phase of your studies, you are exposed to fresh, practical projects (AI, app development, operating systems, security), which allows you to build a portfolio of your work in advance of a job interview.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN 42 AND A CODING BOOTCAMP?

The 42 program is a great follow-up for a short-term bootcamp. It is also 100% free. It teaches the foundations of computer science, as well as various languages, and provides you with a broad expertise to be able to become a full-stack developer in just three years, as opposed to a more narrow focus of coding camps. Above all, you learn how to learn.

DO I NEED TO BE CZECH TO APPLY?

No! We welcome everyone and aim to become the central school for the CEE region. We do not provide visa support, unfortunately, but we do all we can to help you integrate in the local IT community in the best possible way.

How does 42 open a door to a career in technology?

More than teaching you how to program, 42 Prague teaches you to overcome challenges. You have countless paths to choose from throughout the program, so you can specialize in whatever you want: Mobile, Functional Programming, Web Security, Reverse Engineering, Malicious Code, Kernel Programming, Network Programming, Artificial Intelligence, 3D, etc. Big tech companies around the world are always on the lookout for 42 students and often offer them job opportunities when the program is still halfway through!

I already code. Why should I apply?

42 Prague offers a world-class program that challenges students through projects of gradual complexity. Each exercise is unique and requires you to think outside the box – along with other talented and motivated students. Everyone has a rewarding experience while attending our school, whether they have prior programming skills or not. More than learning to code, at 42, you’ll develop your teamwork skills, adaptability, problem-solving, communication, resilience, autonomy, and responsibility.

WHAT ARE THE AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS?

There is only a minimum age limit of 18, and no maximum age limit.

DO CANDIDATES NEED TO KNOW HOW TO CODE TO JOIN 42?

No, not at all! It is not necessary to have any knowledge in programming to join and succeed at 42.

Why is it called 42?

42 is called 42 in honor of the famous science fiction book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, by Douglas Adams. In this story, 42 emerges as the answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.

I have a difficult living situation that stops me from studying. Can you somehow help me?

We will try to do our best. Please reach out to katerina@42prague.com with your story, so that we can look for a way to help you.

CURRICULUM

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM?

We firmly believe that each student is unique. You can learn at your own pace. On average, our students complete their time at 42 in 2-4 years.

WHAT DOES THE CURRICULUM INCLUDE?

You start building a base in the C programming language, the UNIX operating system and fundamental programming concepts. As you progress towards your first internship, you will explore introductory branches in UNIX, graphics and web programming. After the internship, the curriculum will include deeper projects in many fields of software engineering: mobile development, web security, kernel design, network architecture, game development, artificial intelligence, data engineering, and many other areas of coding and IT.

HOW IS THE CURRICULUM DESIGNED THAT STUDENTS CAN IN FACT CHOOSE THEIR OWN PATH?

All 42-campuses worldwide share the proven curriculum of Ecole 42 in Paris. There are more than 250 projects laid out as a galaxy of projects. When you complete a project, you will move to the next one, until you can choose from different paths and discover multiple aspects of programming and IT. Each student's experience is unique, as you will experiment with projects and choose to follow different specialization paths in the curriculum.

DO I HAVE TO FOLLOW THE CURRICULUM TO THE END?

No, you decide for yourself when to leave or when you feel ready for the job market. If you are offered a job, we are happy about it :)

After the basics, you are at junior level (that takes about 8-12 months) and then if you want to specialize after the paid internship, you just come back to us and work your way through the areas that interest you and bring you closer to your professional goals.

HOW IS THE CURRICULUM GAMIFIED?

You progress in the curriculum by completing projects and getting points. With these points you level up and unlock more projects and specialization branches. You can also master different skills, complete quests and achievements. Students can compare their levels to know how far they are in the curriculum.

HOW IS THE CURRICULUM KEPT CURRENT?

The original curriculum was created in 2013 by Ecole 42’s team, which consists of veterans in the computer science educational field in France. It has evolved since then by the educational staff in Paris and other schools, co-operation with companies and even students. The curriculum is updated on a monthly basis.

CAN I SWITCH TO ANOTHER CAMPUS IN THE 42 NETWORK?

The location where you did your Piscine is the Campus where you will also pass the core curriculum. After your first internship, you can change to any 42 campus within the 42 network. Have a look at the map on our homepage to see where 42 is located across the world.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO ATTEND THE CURRICULUM ONLINE?

42 Prague is an on-site program. It is an essential component of the community-based learning model of 42.

ADMISSION & PISCINE

HOW CAN I APPLY?

The admission includes several steps:
1. Register at 42prague.com (5 Min)
2. Play two logic games (2-3 hours)
3. Meet us in an introduction meeting (1 hour)
4. Attend the Piscine (4-weeks)

WHAT IS THE 'PISCINE'?

The word “Piscine” is the French word for “swimming pool”: dive into the deep end of coding, and learn how to swim - together with your peers. The Piscine is a four week long trial period. During the Piscine, you will discover the basics of coding from scratch. No prerequisites of any kind are needed: no previous degrees, no coding experience. This period will be very intensive and requires commitment. There is no fixed number of applicants to be selected. This means there is no competition between applicants and anyone can be selected. We see it as a test run to see whether you and 42 spirit are a good fit.

WILL THE ADMISSION BE ONLINE?

As everyone else, we have to stick to current law and restrictions, which are always changing. Here's our rule of thumb for the steps in the admission process:
1. Registration: always possible, always online.
2. Logic games: possible after registration, always online.
3. Introduction meeting: registration only possible after the successful completion of logic games.
4. Piscine: registration possible after participation in the introduction meeting. The Piscines are designed to be on-site in Prague.

Can I manage the Piscine with other commitments?

It is possible to manage the Piscine with small commitments. However, it won’t be easy to manage with activities that take up a lot of your time. If you are unable to commit to the 4 weeks when you sign up for the Piscine, you can always try to register for another date.

WHAT ARE THE SELECTION CRITERIA?

As everyone else, we have to stick to current law and restrictions, which are always changing. Here's our rule of thumb for the steps in the admission process:
1. Registration: always possible, always online.
2. Logic games: possible after registration, always online.
3. Introduction meeting: registration only possible after the successful completion of logic games.
4. Piscine: registration possible after participation in the introduction meeting. The Piscines are designed to be on-site in Prague.

WHEN DO I KNOW IF I GET IN?

We announce the results of the piscine 2 weeks after the end of each Piscine. Each candidate gets an email with their results. Stay tuned!

WHAT IF I DON'T PASS THE PISCINE? CAN I APPLY AGAIN?

A Piscine helps the candidate and the 42 team to assess who will benefit from the 42 learning model. If you don’t pass the Piscine, you can apply one just one more time after one year (365 days). If you do not pass the Piscine, do not be discouraged - there are many other ways to learn coding.

STUDY LIFE AND BEYOND

HOW DOES 42 PREPARE STUDENTS FOR A CAREER IN THE TECH WORLD?

42 won’t teach you how to solve a specific problem, or how to use a tool. 42 will teach you how to learn, and how to use the tools that are available. After 42 you will have the ability to solve hard problems. You will be able to quickly learn new coding languages, thinking creatively, seek and share knowledge.

ARE THERE INTERNSHIPS? DO I NEED TO FIND THEM MYSELF?

Yes, there is always a compulsory internship after both curriculum parts: Core and Mastery. You can either choose from the broad offer of our partners or find an internship yourself. Just keep in mind that the internship has to be full-time, paid, and 4-6 months (after Core) / 6 months (after Mastery) long.

Can I take a break from the program and come back later?

Although not recommended, you can freeze your route at any time. 42 Prague requires a lot of time and dedication, but sometimes unforeseen events come up and causing you to take a break. In these cases, it is best to talk to the 42 team and freeze the program so you can resume it as soon as possible.

What job opportunities can I expect after 42?

42 students can apply for any job in the fields of technology and digital. Our students end up building successful careers as software engineers, product managers, digital solution architects, User Experience designers, User Interface, etc. We will give you all the tools you need to get a job, but at the end of the day, you will be the one to get it. On our part, you can count on conferences, workshops, and other events that allow you to meet potential employers, besides a job platform with the announcement of various offers worldwide.

DOES 42 DELIVER ANY DEGREE OR DIPLOMA?

Upon graduation, you’ll receive a certificate as proof that you completed the program. At 42 Prague, you do not receive an official degree. The educational model is new in the Czech Republic, and it does not correspond to any established certification model. However, we do not believe this to be a problem in the tech sector, given that many companies tend to focus on your skills, your ability to solve problems and work in a team. During the 42 program, you build your own coding portfolio. In our sister schools around the world, 100% of graduates are well-employed. Many students already get offers from companies in the early stage of their studies. Lastly, we want to add that in a tech role, you will never stop learning. Technology is constantly evolving, and so will you - and we!

PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS

HOW CAN OUR COMPANY BECOME A PART OF 42 PRAGUE?

In any creative way! We always look for financial partners to help us keep the studies free. We are also open to technological partnerships and collaborations in order to provide the best equipment and study experience for our students.

Reach out to daria@42prague.com

CAN WE ORGANIZE JOINT ACTIVITIES WITH THE SCHOOL?

1) Funding opportunities for students by offering scholarships: Support young programming talents and help solve problem of the lack of IT specialists by giving a certain amount of money to offer them their studies without worrying about their financial background. You can claim your sponsorship for tax purposes.
2) Offering internships: Give the students of 42 Prague the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience. Give them the chance to start a good career as programmers. Students should do two internships within their studies. The internships are remunerated for students above the minimum wage level.
3) Funding the 42 community: Support this innovative learning concept with a donation of your choice. You help to finance the operation of the 42 Prague and to continuously expand the learning opportunities for our students.

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR COMPANIES TO APPLY FOR REAL-LIFE CHALLENGES TO BE INCLUDED IN THE 42-CURRICULUM?

Yes, companies can apply for real-life challenges to be included into the curriculum. The pedagogical team in Paris, who created the curriculum and update it on a monthly basis, will review the project for suitability. If the project is included in the curriculum, it will be offered as part of the curriculum worldwide.