If you got here, it means that you have questions about Le Wagon: how to apply, who can join, what you’ll learn… Good! We have the answers :)
How to apply
How can I apply for the bootcamp?
To apply for the bootcamp, you just need to complete and submit the Application Form. This is a rather quick process, that takes a few minutes. We will then schedule an interview (by Skype or on-site) to understand your goals more in details. Very quickly after the interview, you will receive a notification to let you know if you have been selected for the bootcamp.
Tip: as soon as you apply, we recommend you to start working on the Ruby track on Codecademy, as having completed it is a prerequisite to join the class.
How will my online application be evaluated?
In online applications, we are only looking for one thing: motivation. Our 9-week bootcamp is intense and demanding, and we want the most motivated people to get onboard. Make sure that you explain why you want to join Le Wagon in your application - the more details you give us, the better chance you will have to get selected for the interview!
Should I prepare for the interview?
Once your application gets selected, we schedule a 30-minute interview to get to know you better. Come as you are! Once again, we will be looking at your motivation, but also your team spirit. As you will very often work with other people during the bootcamp, this is an extremely important criteria for us. If you are very motivated and love working with other people, you will most probably nail this.
Is there any preparatory work before the start of the bootcamp?
The only technical prerequisite to join the bootcamp is to complete the Ruby track on Codecademy. It generally takes between 9 and 15 hours, and is absolutely mandatory. Once you are selected, to help you kickstart your journey into code and make sure you start at the same level as everyone else, you will need to complete our Prepwork courses, available in our online educational platform, before the beginning of the bootcamp.
Can I join a waiting list if a session is full?
It is very rare that people abandon ship once they have been accepted to the course. Nevertheless, we always open a waiting list when bootcamps are full, in case this happens! To join the waiting list, you will need to go through the exact same application process.
How should I choose a bootcamp city?
Le Wagon fulfils the exact same mission in all of our locations. The curriculum is the same everywhere as are all of our materials (lectures and exercises). Teachers and teaching assistants are hired and trained in the same way all around the globe.
Our advice to help choosing a city would be:
Environment: it is ideal to do the bootcamp in a city where you would like to build something - either take part in its tech community, launch your startup, or find a job
Quality of life: can I afford it ? Would I like the climate ? etc.
Language: check the language in which the bootcamp is actually done (our bootcamp is taught in English in most of our cities, but there are several exceptions - in Sāo Paulo and Belo Horizonte, the lectures are in Portuguese, in France the bootcamp is in French, etc.)
When will the next sessions take place?
We usually open applications 4 to 5 months in advance. You will see the next batch dates of the city you’re interested in on its local page, accessible from the Cities dropdown in the navigation bar. If you are unsure about anything, feel free to reach out to the city manager - she/he will gladly answer all of your questions.
Do you help international students to get a visa?
Depending on your situation and where you would want to do the bootcamp, you will potentially need a tourist or business visa. Please check with the city manager for more information and possible assistance.
Extra information: for mainland China, in some cases, we can invite you on a Business Visa (M). Duration and number of entries vary according to your nationality. Please consult our team to have more information.
What are the tuition fees?
Price may vary depending on the location and its cost of living. When clicking on the Cities dropdown in the navigation bar, just choose the city you’re interested in - the cost of the bootcamp will appear on top of the page.
Are there any scholarships available?
Unfortunately, there aren't any official scholarships available to join our bootcamp.
What payment plans do you offer? How many installments and on which schedule?
The payment for the bootcamp is made in several installments. The number of installments varies depending on the city, please reach out to the local City Manager for any questions - she/he'll be happy to share any specificities on this matter.
Who can join
Do the bootcamp’s students have the same profile?
Our students all have very different profiles. Our alumni are between 18 and 55, and they all share the same curiosity and enthusiasm for coding. They all come from various background: students, marketers, engineers, sales, lawyers, journalists, architects, musicians... Thus, spending 9 weeks at Le Wagon is not only an incredible human experience, it also helps you build an astonishing community for your after-bootcamp life!
I don't have any technical background, is it the right program for me?
You do not need any technical background to join our bootcamp. We expect 3 things from our students: be (very) motivated, be curious, be social. If this sounds like you, then we would be more than happy to have you on board!
I'm under 18 years old, can I apply?
You need to be 18 to enroll for the course. However, you can apply if you are 17 as long as you turn 18 before the start of the bootcamp.
I'm over 40 years old, should I apply?
We’ve had students over 40 in the past and they’ve succeeded in learning web development like anyone else. Age doesn’t make any differences in the recruitment process to get onboard, the only thing we consider is your commitment and your motivation.
I don't currently have an idea of a project to work on. Is it a problem?
If you don’t have a specific idea for a project, don't worry about it! Students with a project are invited to pitch their idea during the bootcamp while people without one are welcome to team up with them. However, you shouldn’t apply for Le Wagon only to get a head start on your own project during the last 2 weeks. The real goal of the Projects Weeks is to learn how to work as a team and improve your Rails skills while building a product. In any case, the good news is you will be able to code any idea in total autonomy after the bootcamp!
What language is the bootcamp taught in?
In most cities, the bootcamp is taught in English. In French cities, the program is in French. You will have a 1h30 lecture in the morning in French, and a 1h30 live-code in the evening in French as well. So, if you don't understand French correctly, you won't be able to attend the bootcamp in France. You can check the language of the campuses you're interested on the relevant city pages.
Do I need a laptop?
Each student must have a laptop. You’ll need Mac OS X or Linux, but if you only have Windows, no worries, you’ll learn how to install Linux the first day.
⚠️ A Microsoft Surface or Apple iPad won't do. Those are not real computers. If you need a piece of advice on what to buy, please contact the staff.
What you’ll learn
What will I be able to build at the end of the 9 weeks?
At the end of the 9 weeks, you will have a Ruby on Rails junior developer level. This means you will be able to quickly prototype your ideas by creating a web application on your own. For instance, you will know how to include authentication to your site (simple signin/signup, or Facebook/WeChat connect), add an admin back-office, include payment features, automate e-mails sending, and much more. You will also know how to quickly deploy in production and you will have learnt the programming best practices used by top-level startups. You will then be facing a choice: continue your entrepreneurial journey or become a junior developer in a startup or a bigger tech company.
Is the coding bootcamp full-time?
Le Wagon is a 9-week program, from Monday to Friday, 9am - 7pm (minimum). To get the most out of the program, you need to fully commit to it as it is a truly demanding experience (450 hours of code in 9 weeks!). Generally, people who keep a side activity during the bootcamp struggle to keep pace.
What is the main difference between a coding bootcamp and a Computer Science degree?
The main difference between a Computer Science degree and a coding bootcamp is that you learn by doing. In a traditional curriculum, you will start learning all the theoretical knowledge (electronic basis, hardware...) before tackling all the elements that make up the Internet today (user interface, operating system...) and then only would you approach web development. This is useful only if you want to be able to navigate between these layers. However, nowadays, you can build almost anything while only mastering the last part. This is why we built Le Wagon Curriculum the way it is. At the end of the bootcamp, you will be able to either launch your own startup, start as a junior developer, or become a product manager for example.
What is the main difference between Le Wagon and other coding bootcamps?
Le Wagon was built to teach entrepreneurs and creative people how to code to make their ideas happen. The idea behind Le Wagon is to give you all the skills you would need to bootstrap and launch your own product/web app. Even if you don’t want to be an entrepreneur after Le Wagon and you want to start as a developer or a product manager in a tech company, this ability to create a product from scratch will be highly beneficial. This is why we teach Ruby and its framework, Ruby on Rails: both are really easy to grasp and give you the ability to build and deploy your product quickly. Our CTO wrote an article on this subject.
Do you teach TDD (Test Driven Development)?
We do teach TDD. Every day, students work on exercises prepared and refined for 4 years by Le Wagon’s pedagogical team. Those use the red / green / refactor methodology. Every evening, during the livecode, the class starts from a blank sheet and uses TDD to solve the challenges. We teach RSpec, the testing framework most used by rubyists.
Will I learn mobile app development?
You will learn some concepts behind mobile app development. Let’s be clear: you will not learn iOS, Android or Windows Phone development. We really think these skills cannot be taught (honestly) in 9 weeks. We prefer teaching you the basics of programming and web development for many reasons. First, these are the core skills of a software engineer, even if you want to dive into mobile development later on. Second, the web is THE open platform you need to understand. Thanks to Responsive Web Design (which is part of the program), and WeChat mini programs (in China), you will be able to create apps that will display nicely on mobile devices. You will also learn to create APIs that will be used by your mobile apps. It will then be very easy for any mobile developers to code your iOS or Android interface starting from the API you’ve built.
Do you offer a part-time course or evening classes?
At the moment, we only have a full-time bootcamp. If you are unsure that you want to commit to a full-time program, we encourage you to join one of our Meetup groups and come to evening free workshops. Also, don't hesitate to have a look at our YouTube page to start your journey into web development.
Do you provide accommodation/catering?
We do not provide accommodation or catering. The price of the 9-week course only includes the tuition - and unlimited tea and coffee. Nonetheless, our city managers know their cities well and will be more than happy to recommend some great places for your stay.
Do you offer career support?
We do support all our students in finding the right career path after the bootcamp, sharing them all the necessary resources to build the best LinkedIn profile, getting the best out of the alumni Slack groups, enjoy our exclusive perks, land their first job as developers or product managers, launch their startup or start their freelancing career. However, we consider that the ability of each student to find a position after the bootcamp is highly based on the student's motivation and work. Guaranteeing 100% employment at the end of the bootcamp would be dishonest in that regard.
When choosing a coding bootcamp, what you should focus on is the quality of the curriculum and teachers. You should ask yourself about the skills you will have at the end and the product you will be able to build. This is what will really make you hireable.
Keep in mind that Le Wagon has an excellent network within the tech industry and a very good reputation with recruiters. Our students massively benefit from this. Moreover, we now have more than 3,000 alumni. This internal network is your first support when looking for a job: our alumni work for the best tech companies out there and can recommend you for a position, and they'll also be available to support you during the search - by answering technical or non-technical questions.
Partner with Le Wagon
Is it possible to share my company’s job offer(s) with your alumni?
Many companies share their job offers with our alumni. However, recruitment is a long-term relationship and as such we would love to connect with you first!
Can my company participate in your recruitment events?
We hold regular recruitment events, during which our hiring partners meet our students and alumnis. From regular events to great workshops to promote your company's culture, we would love to discuss the best format fitting your needs around a coffee. Tell us a bit more about you and join our alumni network right here!
Do you have a B2B offer?
Based on our experience with the Full-Stack bootcamp for the past 4 years, we came up with a complete offer for companies. We create tailored education programs that drive and complement your digital objectives by teaching your employees the basics of web development, web design, product management and prototyping. Depending of your needs we can build the program which will suits your company's interests best. Contact us for more info!