Here is a few answers to our most common questions

We know you have questions about our program, that's why we're answering a few of them here straight away! If you'd like to meet us in person to know more about what we do, please join us to one our of numerous free events we run all around the globe or send us a message.

What are the tuition fees?

You can find prices at the bottom of the apply form for each city you are interested in. Price may vary depending on the location and its cost of living.

Are there any scholarships available?

Unfortunately there aren't. The bootcamp tuition is to be paid in three instalments though.

What payment plans do you offer? How many instalments and on which schedule?

The bootcamp is to be paid in three instalments: one third as a deposit (before the start of a batch) and the rest during the bootcamp. Please reach out to the local City Manager - she/he'll be happy to share any specificities on this matter.

What's the application process to become a student of Le Wagon?

Once you’ve submitted the application form on our website, you will receive an email with a few additional questions about your expectations and technical skills. From this point, we will schedule an interview (Skype or on-site) after which we will tell you very quickly if you have been selected.

We also recommend you to start working on the Ruby track on CodeCademy as soon as possible, as you will have to have completed this track before being accepted.

Is there any preparatory work before the start of the bootcamp?

Yes, you have to complete the Ruby track on Codecademy before being accepted on the course. You will need between 9 and 15 hours and this step is absolutely mandatory. If you are selected, you will have a specific Prep Work to complete before the camp starts.

Is it possible to join a waiting list?

People abandoning ship once they have been accepted on the course are very rare but if it happens, we will reach out to you! However you will need to go through the application process before being accepted.

How should I choose the city in which to do the bootcamp?

Le Wagon fulfils exactly the 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 :

  • Target a country where you want to build something: either take part in its tech community 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 (in São Paulo the lectures are actually in Portuguese, in France the bootcamp is in French, etc.)

Do you help international student 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.

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.

Do you know when the next session will be?

We usually open applications 4 to 5 months in advance. Feel free to reach out to the local city manager. She/He will gladly answer all of your questions and contact you as soon as we open the applications for the upcoming batch.

I don't have any technical background, is it the right program for me?

Of course. We expect 3 things from our students: be motivated (very motivated), be curious, be social. That's it!

Is there a typical profile for a Le Wagon student?

Absolutely not. Our alumni are between 18 and 55, they all share the same curiosity and enthusiasm for coding. They all come from various background: studying, marketing, engineering, sales, lawyers, journalists, architects, musicians... Spending 9 weeks at Le Wagon is not only an incredible human experience, it also helps you build an astonishing network for your after-bootcamp life!

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 have had student over 40 in the past and they succeeded in finishing the bootcamp and learning web development. Regarding the recruitment process to get onboard, it only depends on your commitment and your motivation.

I don't currently have an idea of a project to work on. Is it a problem?

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 if you only apply to le Wagon to get a head start on your own project during the last 2 weeks then you've misunderstood the real purpose of the end of our program. The real goal is to learn how to work as a team and improve your Rails skills while building a product. Even if you don't get enough votes to work on your project, cheer up! The good news is you will be able to code your idea in total autonomy after Le Wagon!

Do I need to speak French?

In Paris, Lille, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon and Marseille, 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. Luckily, in most of the other cities, it's all in English! You can check the language of the next batch on the Apply page.

Should I bring my laptop?

Yes, 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, contact the staff. Thank you!

What will I be able to build at the end of the 9 weeks?

You’ll have a Ruby on Rails junior developer level. This means you’ll be able to quickly prototype your ideas by creating a web application on your own. For instance, you will know how to include authentification to your site (simple signin/signup, or Facebook/WeChat connect), add an admin back-office, include payment features, automate emails sending, and much more. You’ll also know how to quickly deploy in production and you will have learnt the programming best practices used by top-level startups. You’ll then be facing a choice: continue your entrepreneurial journey or become a junior developer in a startup or a bigger tech company.

Only 9 weeks?

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 really a demanding experience (450 hours of code out of 9 weeks!). In the past, people who kept a side activity during the bootcamp struggled to keep the pace.

The main difference between a CS degree and a bootcamp is that we don't start from scratch. 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 now (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. That's why we built Le Wagon Curriculum the way it is. Of course you won't work at Tesla as an engineer but you will be able to either build your own product or start as a junior developer or become a product manager. Do not hesitate to make up your own mind by watching our latest demo days!

What is the main difference with other bootcamps?

We’re focusing on entrepreneurs who want to learn to code. The idea behind Le Wagon is to give you all the skill you might need to bootstrap and launch your own product/web app. That's 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 matter.

Do you teach TDD (Test Driven Development) ?

Yes, we do! Every day, students work on exercises the pedagogical team of Le Wagon prepared and refined for 4 years. Those use the red / green / refactor methodology. Every night, during the livecode, the class starts from a blank sheet and use TDD to solve the challenges. We teach RSpec, the most used testing framework by rubyists.

Will I learn mobile app development?

Yes and no. 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’ll be able to create apps that will display nicely on mobile devices. You’ll also learn to create APIs that will be used by your mobile apps. It will then be very easy for any mobile developer to code your iOS or Android interface starting from the API you’ve built.

Do you offer a part-time course or evening classes?

We only have a full-time program. We encourage you to join one of our Meetup groups to come to evening 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?

No we do not. The price of the 9-week course only includes the tuition - and unlimited tea and coffee. Our city managers can help you as they know their cities well! They will be able to recommend some great places for your stay!

Do you offer career support?

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, you should focus more on 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. That’s what will really make you hireable. You can have a look at our various demo days to get an idea about what students are able to build at the end of the 9 weeks.

However, 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 2,500 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.

Is it possible to share our job offer(s) with your alumni?

Yes of course. However recruitment is a long-term relationship and as such we would love to connect with you first!

Do you organise recruitment events?

Yes we do! 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 Fullstack program 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 Benjamin Bignon to know more: / +33783599795