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Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about 42.
The Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis in 42 Campus in Paris
Masks are mandatory everywhere, at all times. Workstations must be disinfected between each use. Hydroalcoholic solution is available throughout the campuses. Only one out of two computers is available. You will need to follow the circulation indications. The 42 in Paris Team has a downloadable guide at your disposal.
Most projects in the curriculum will be exceptionally managed remotely – but it is recommended that you work on site.
No. The Piscine has to take place on site. Applicants don’t have to reserve a time slot: They can access the school at any time.
Information and preparation for registration
Training at 42 is completely tuition-free. There are no hidden fees, now or after 42.
Three years on average, with a first part – the core curriculum – lasting no more than 18 months.
The training program at 42 is unique: there are no years. Everyone starts at the beginning of the program but each student progresses at his or her own pace. It is not possible to join 42 in the middle of the program.
42 training is intense. It is not recommended to have a full-time job on the side. A part-time job is more reasonable, but it requires serious personal discipline.
You can take 3 breaks during the curriculum for up to 6 months total.
On Campus 42 in Paris, apprenticeship is possible as part of the preparation for one of the approved titles (RNCP) offered. In any case, you must reach the end of the common-core syllabus.
Once the common-core syllabus is completed, you can choose to go to another 42 Network campus or a partner campus.
Most of the 42 Campuses offer open house days: the dates are published on the websites and social networks of 42’s and partner campuses.
Any person in their majority can apply at 42. There’s no age limitation.
Even though 42 supports atypical profiles, we do not encourage dropping out of high school, so we do not recommend the training to students before their coming of age.
People under 18 may still apply to 42 if they’re in their last year of high school. They will only be able to access the Piscine once they’ve obtained their high school diploma.
No diplomas, prep school or specialty course in high school is required.
The 42 certificate is issued when the student decides to end their training after having completed the core curriculum. It attests to the final level obtained at 42. Depending on the student’s personal pathway, it ranges from level 9 (validation of the core curriculum) to level 21 (validation of several thematic branches available in the curriculum, which may include periods of professionalization).
Foreign applicants at 42 in Paris
Yes, you can. However, 42 is not a distance learning course. You must be able to be present on one of the 42 campuses for the selection process and the whole curriculum.
42 doesn’t deliver any visas. You should check with your embassy. International candidates can contact the staff through the admissions platform for an invitation to the Piscine.
For 42 Campus in Paris, after completing the Piscine, you will be able to get a registration certificate that will help you obtain your visa at your embassy. You may also contact the Campus France organization.
French and English. A basic level in French is recommended to ease your mingling with local student life.
Key dates in the admission process
No. The application to 42 stands on its own.
New dates are added throughout the year: Applicants are informed by mail and on social networks.
You can pre-register for the Piscine after passing the online game tests and completing the introduction meeting/check-in.
For 42 Campus in Paris, you will have to respect 2 specific steps: The online check takes place online on the admission page a few weeks before the Piscine starts. Then, you will have to proceed with the ID check, on site, a few days before the Piscine.
All the application steps, from the online tests to the Piscine – should be completed on the same campus.
Succeed in the Piscine
We don’t communicate the selection criteria. There’s only one rule: During the Piscine, give everything you’ve got. This is the only way you will know if 42’s methods suit your expectations.
There are no selection quotas at 42. Some slots for the introduction meeting/check-in and the Piscine are temporarily reserved to allow women to register over a longer period of time.
You can take up to 2 Piscines in your lifetime, on all campuses of 42 and its partners. A minimum of 300 days between these 2 Piscines must be respected.
Start studying at 42
You will have to start your year on the campus where you took your Piscine. If you took your Piscine in Paris, you will have to start your year in Paris.
For 42 Campus in Paris, right after the Piscine: In the spring if you took the winter Piscine, in the fall if you took the summer Piscine. You cannot shift your start date.
Once you’ve completed the Piscine and choose to start your year at 42, you can get a registration certificate for all your administrative procedures.
At 42 in Paris :
Scholarship student status: apply on the Grande Ecole Numérique (GEN) website
“Stagiaire de la formation professionnelle”: make an appointment at the Piscine with your Pôle Emploi to obtain this status and present your professional project.
Employee – “Congé individuel de formation”: make the request more than 6 months before the date of entry into training. You can start the steps even before taking your Piscine: if you succeed, it will be validated.
Self-employed – “Auto-entrepreneur”
For 42 Campus in Paris, France has a scholarship for the Grande École du Numérique that students with the “student” status may apply for.
For 42 Campus in Paris, you will be able to find a flat share or accommodation for the Piscine and afterwards on the https://home.42.fr/ platform. You will need the campus code born2code to create an account.
For 42 Campus in Paris, 42 has tied many extracurricular partnerships with commercial institutions such as banks. Ask the school administration to provide you with a list as soon as you enter school.