The Process

No matter where you come from, where you want to go and what drives you: 42 aims to educate the next generation software engineers. Go to the admissions page of your selected campus to start the application process today.

Follow these steps to register at 42 Paris. You cannot transfer your application once it has started.

Why choose 42?

42 is made for me

Learning programming par excellence  should not be limited to a small group of privileged people: only in diversity of profiles and forces will the world of IT move forward. This is why we want to make access to 42 as inclusive as possible and without the boundaries that usually limit access to higher education. 42 is tuition-free, there is no record inspection, no prep school or diploma required and no age limit.

No need to know code

The training starts from scratch for everyone.

No degree required

You don’t need any degree or diploma to apply.

100% tuition-free

Completely tuition-free training without any hidden costs, now or later.

Modular training

The campuses are open 24/7 and the curriculum can adapt to the life of each student.


At 42, diversity and inclusion are more than just words.

Hello, World!

Start your curriculum in a campus, end it anywhere else in the world.

From your majority. No age limit.

Any adult can start a new life at 42. People who have not reached the legal age of majority must have obtained a high school diploma or its equivalent.

A sustainable education

42 is about learning to learn: being able to catch up with new technologies without having to retrain.

Attractive careers

Digital is a sector with many well-paid opportunities.

In a flash

The admission process


Online games

First step: test your cognitive skills with online games.


This step is done remotely throughout the year, from the age of 18 or the year of senior high school.


Introduction meeting (check-in)

An introduction to 42 and a visit to the facility to learn more about the training course.


This step is held on site: find out more about upcoming dates in the FAQ.


The Piscine

Piscine is French for “swimming pool.” You will spend one month in immersion getting used to our methods to help you find out if 42 really is made for you.


This step is only available on site. Sessions are limited.


Starting school

Welcome at 42, a few weeks after passing the Piscine!


The start date depends on the Piscine you pass: you cannot postpone it.

Next Piscines at 42 Paris

Winter 2024

February 2024 session
Monday 5 February to Friday 1 March


March 2024 session
Monday 11 March to Friday 5 April



If you are successful in one of these Piscines, you will start 42 Paris on May 13th 2024.

Summer 2024

July 2024 session
Monday 24 June to Friday 19 July


August 2024 session
Monday 12 August to Friday 6 September


September 2024 session
Monday 16 September to Friday 11 October


If you are successful in one of these Piscines, you will start 42 Paris on November 14th 2024.

Consult the recruitment calendar (in French)


Piscines 2025 will be announced at the end of 2024.

To register for a Piscine, you must first attend the information meeting or check-in. The results of the 42 Piscine are sent two weeks after its completion. Finally, it is not possible at this stage to request a transfer to another campus: successfully completing the 42 Paris's Piscine means starting 42 Paris.

A maximum of 2 Piscines in a lifetime is possible, on all 42 and partner campuses combined. There must be a minimum of 300 days between these two Piscines.


42, a new life

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