Full-time (9 weeks)

In 9 intensive weeks in Shanghai, learn all the skills of a Software Developer, code your own web applications from scratch and change your career.

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In 9 intensive weeks, learn all the skills of a Software Developer at Le Wagon.
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Some of our upcoming courses in Shanghai can be followed remotely. After you complete your application, the admission manager will be in touch shortly to give you all the necessary information.

Live a unique experience.

Our web development course in Shanghai is an immersive experience that takes you from beginner to junior software developer in 9 weeks. At the end of the course, you will know how to build a robust and user-friendly app that answers your users' needs, and to follow the right workflow to collaborate with other developers, designers and product managers.

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Le Wagon: a life-changing experience
  • 9280+ graduates
  • 2170+ products built
  • 540+ startups launched

Our course curriculum

Our web development course is designed to make you learn to code step by step, until you can build your own web applications from scratch.

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Get ready for the bootcamp

Our Web Development Course is very intense. To save time and nail it from the beginning, our students must complete the PrepWork on our custom-built platform before starting the bootcamp. This work takes around 60 hours and gives our students a basic knowledge of:

  • Web 101, how the web works
  • Terminal basic commands
  • Git basic commands
  • HTML / CSS foundations
  • JavaScript foundations
  • Tech workflows and tools in a startup

Developer tools & workflow

Work with the right developer tools and workflow. Learn the basics of the command line, use a code text editor and install Ruby with a version management tool. Get familiar with most useful developer packages and learn how to version your code with git and push it on Github.

Programming Basics in Ruby

Write programs manipulating variables, loops, conditions and data structures (Array and Hash). Detect text patterns with Regular Expressions and start parsing data from structured files (CSV, JSON, XML, HTML) fetched using web-scraping or by building requests to JSON APIs.

Software Architecture

Structure your software following Object-Oriented principles. Learn the Model-View-Controller pattern in-depth (most common application design pattern) by coding several MVC softwares from scratch. You will have to code everything on your own, even simulating your database storing data in CSV files.

Relational Database, SQL & ORM

Learn to design a relational database schema and to build structured queries to your database with SQL. Build simple CRUD queries (Create, Read, Update, Delete) or advanced JOIN queries. Learn to connect your database to your ruby software with an ORM (Object Relational Mapping) called Active Record.

Frontend Development

Build your web pages following atomic design principles and code your own UI kit of web components & layouts by applying the latest CSS techniques. Build pages with an adaptive design thanks to media queries and learn to quickly prototype a web app with Bootstrap 4.0 and its responsive grid system.


Learn ES6, your second programming language after ruby, to add dynamic behaviors to your website or update pages without reloading thanks to AJAX. Understand JavaScript fundamental concepts and learn to use all the necessary JS web tools like Babel, Webpack or yarn.

Ruby on Rails

Wrap it all together by coding your first Ruby on Rails applications. Deploy your applications in production & start coding “the Rails way”. Go deep into Rails discovering advanced concepts like nested resources, namespaces, or how to refactor an app with services or to build an API with Rails.

Cloning Airbnb in teams

Code a clone of Airbnb from scratch in 5 days. You will work in teams to learn to collaborate on Github using pull requests and deploy your apps on Heroku, using the same workflow as successful startups. Implement advanced features (payment, image upload, search, geocoding, background jobs, etc…) and learn to cover your code with tests.

Turn an idea into a product in 2 weeks

Projects Phase is the ultimate experience of the course: invent, pitch, design, code and deploy an original project in teams of 3 or 4 people during the two final weeks. You will have to go through all the process from the idea to the live app in production on a real domain name, ready to be tested on the market!

  • Define the Product's target users and unique value proposition
  • Build an interactive prototype with Figma to validate the UX
  • Split the work in your teams by defining and assigning user stories
  • Code the web application from scratch: from the back-end to the user interface
  • Deploy your app on a production environment
  • Pitch your product during the Demo Day!

Career Services

We help our students find a job by preparing them for technical interviews, organising job fairs, startup office hours and coaching sessions with tech recruiters and alumni. We have helped our 9280+ graduates find their dream job!

React.js Extension Course

After the bootcamp, all our alumni get access to Le Wagon’s one-week online extension training in React.js and Redux. A very useful course for our students who want to go deeper in front-end development or apply to front-end developer jobs.

Lifelong Access to our Online Platform

Our alumni keep a lifelong access to our online platform with 300+ challenges, 100+ hours of video lessons to re-watch any time after the bootcamp, 100+ live-codes and tutorials on real-life developer examples and 900+ flashcards to rehearse core concepts.

Slack icon Slack & Community

Our 9280+ alumni discuss every day on Le Wagon’s Slack channels after the course, getting help from our 900+ teachers, sharing tips, resources, code snippets, job offers and news from their products. An engaged and passionate tech community, all over the world.


I was really pleased with the quality of the teachers, the classroom, and the courses. Compared to other bootcamps, Le Wagon has a great balance of teaching style, community, and price. It has allowed me to leap years ahead in my career.

Hamilton Le
Hamilton LeProduct Manager at LYNK

Everyone in the program knows how those 9 weeks felt - one of the most memorable and unforgettable experiences of our lives. Every day is filled with difficult challenges and the satisfying opportunity to work with a future friend or colleague.

Christopher Yu
Christopher YuProject Manager at WiredCraft

A typical day at Le Wagon Shanghai

From morning lectures to evening talks, every day is action-packed.

  • 09:00 Lectures
  • 10:30 Challenges
  • 16:00 Yoga
  • 17:00 Live-code
  • 18:00 Events 20:00
Lectures09:00 - 10:30

Grab a coffee and start every morning with an engaging & interactive lecture, before putting what you’ve learnt into practice.

Challenges10:30 - 16:00

Pair up with your buddy for the day, and work on a series of programming challenges with the help of our teaching staff.

Yoga16:00 - 17:00

Learning to code is very intense, so it’s important to take a break and relax during our yoga classes.

Live code
Live-code17:00 - 18:00

Review the day’s challenges and get an overview of upcoming lessons during live code sessions.

Talks & Workshops
Events18:00 - 20:00

Be inspired and get priceless advice from successful entrepreneurs invited for exclusive talks.

Build your developer portfolio.

During our web development course in Shanghai, you learn the essentials of programming while building your own web applications. As a result, you end up the course with a rich Github portfolio containing at least two fully-functional web applications - an Airbnb-like marketplace and your own final project.

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Passionate teachers

Since day one, we’ve taken teaching seriously. Great teachers inspire us to connect to topics on a profound level. Experience as a developer alone doesn’t necessarily make one an effective teacher — that’s why we’re passionate about finding not only great engineers, but deeply committed, experienced teachers.

Thibault Genaitay
Thibault Genaitay

Front-end developer for 15 years, Thibault moved to China in 2010 where he worked on digital services for the luxury industry. He built high-end WeChat applications for brands such as Guerlain, Sephora, Louis Vuitton, Shangri-La, Cartier.

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Pavel Liser
Pavel Liser

Pavel has been leading a mobile app startup and managing a recruitment agency in Shanghai. After diving into tech, he is working with Ruby on Rails, WeChat Mini Programs, he also gives tech workshops to individuals and brands.

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Sergio Rivas
Sergio Rivas

Sergio has been involved in the creation of 6 profitable startups ranging from music industry to education industry. He has fulfilled roles as a database architect, lead developer, and now is the CEO of a Hangzhou-based software development company.

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Dounan Hu
Dounan Hu

With a wealth of background in astrophysics and algorithms from Cambridge University, Dounan is a true geek. He consults for early tech startups and social enterprises - coaching management, rescuing development, and building high-caliber tech teams.

Stephane Delgado
Stephane Delgado

Former Creative Director of Vogue China, Stéphane Delgado is an international leading high-end market creative with more than 15 years experience in fashion, retail, branding & advertising. He brings an expert eye on digital product and design.

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Audrey Gourdji
Audrey Gourdji

Audrey has accumulated years of experience in the fashion industry, as well as the tech space in both established companies and startups. Her love for design and aesthetics is what motivates her to create beautiful tech products.

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Forrest Ye
Forrest Ye

When studying at Jiao Tong University, Forrest co-founded Ele.me, the famous meal ordering service. Later he worked as Product Manager at Tencent, then moved back to the tech scene and went full-time Ruby on Rails as a developer and consultant.

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Maria Altyeva
Maria Altyeva

An alumni from Yale University, Maria is a yoga instructor, tech project manager, and a ninja back-end engineer. With over 9 years of developer experience, she's led teams in China and the US to launch products, run digital campaigns, and build MVPs.

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Martin Zhang
Martin Zhang

Graduate from SJTU, proficient with Rails and AngularJS, Martin is currently a front-end developer at JD, the Chinese e-commerce giant.


The teaching staff are all responsible and respectable and keep in touch to keep opportunities coming in continuously for us. I have created real friendships with them. It is quite clear they are passionate and care about the success of the students.

Adam Kalimi
Adam KalimiWeChat Developer at A3 collective

Community and tools for life

Our web development course is just the beginning of the journey. Once you graduate, you belong to a global community and have access to our online platform to keep learning and growing.

Slack icon Slack communities

Get tips and advice from professional developers, access exclusive job and freelance opportunities, find support for your project launch.

Online platform

Access our online education platform at any time after the web development course, with lectures, screencasts, flashcards and challenges.

Additional resources

Benefit from advanced tutorials in software development to push your computer science skills further and keep on learning and practicing after the bootcamp.

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Receive unique job and freelance opportunities from Le Wagon's alumni who work as developers, product managers and entrepreneurs in successful tech companies all over the world.

Community and tools for life

Le Wagon helped me to connect to different tech communities and gain insights on the different tech sectors. More importantly, I met a group of new friends who share common interests. I would proudly recommend Le Wagon's web development course.

Isabel Chan
Isabel ChanData Analyst at Alibaba

Find a job in the best tech companies in Shanghai

Once the web development course ends, you benefit from our career services. We help you prepare for tech interviews, meet the best recruiters and connect with relevant alumni.

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Access a complete guide to kick-start your tech career after the course: boost your portfolio, prepare for technical interviews, leverage on our 9281 alumni community.

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Our local teams know their alumni and hiring partners, what they are up to and what they are looking for. They introduce you to the right people depending on your goal.

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Our alumni often come back to share their post-bootcamp experiences. You will learn about how they found a job, started their own company or freelancing career.

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In addition to Slack channels, our local teams know their alumni and what they're up to - we often introduce relevant people to each other to create synergies.

Our web development course alumni get hired by the best companies

They hire our Web Development grads in Shanghai

The best companies partner with Le Wagon and hire our alumni as Web Developers, Product Managers, Growth Hackers or Product Designers.

Alibaba Hired 1 graduates
Amazon Web Services Hired 1 graduates
Autodesk Hired 2 graduates
Booking.com Hired 1 graduates
Bytedance Hired 1 graduates
Decathlon Hired 5 graduates

Find the right financing option for you

Find out if you are eligible for special offers in Shanghai.

Early Bird

💪 Savings 🙌

Enroll in the program* 2 months before kickoff and receive a 10% early birds discount.

*Signed training agreement

Student loans available in Le Wagon China now!

Great News! Le Wagon China has partnered with a few financing institutions to offer you the ability to pay for your education so that you can progress in your personal development.

If you want to apply for a personal loan in China without breaking the bank, there are some options for you! Le Wagon students can get up to 49,000 RMB on a loan. The loan process is simple, easy and affordable. Find all the details below:

Chailease International Finance

Company introduction: Chailease International Finance Co., Ltd. (CIFC) was established in 2005 in Shanghai. They provide professional financial solutions to customers and our main services are equipment leasing, Sale-and-leaseback, factoring etc.

Application item: Apply to all courses in Le Wagon China 1.Data science 2.Web development 3.Part-time product development

Loan amount: As low as 20,000 and up to 49,000 RMB Payment plan: 12 months, 18 months, 24 months. Nationalities: Chinese citizens, other nationalities are waiting to be confirmed. Applicant conditions: 22-65 years old Application materials: The instalment form filing, ID card, Bankcard. How to apply: Please contact our city manager for more information. Interest: 11%

Are foreigners eligible? Yes... and no. To be clear, foreigners can get this loan if they match ANY of these 3 requirements: 1. Have a Chinese Spouse 💍 2. Have a Chinese Credit Card 💳 3. Have a Property Ownership Certificate (also applicable to the spouse) 🏘️ Foreigners can only apply for the 12-month plan


For Chinese citizens, there are some other options for you if you want to apply for a personal loan in China. Please find the details below.

Baidu - Du Xiaoman Financial

Company introduction: In April 2018, Baidu's financial services business group officially completed the signing of a split financing agreement and launched a new brand "Duxiaoman Financial" to achieve independent operation. Baidu established a financial services business group on December 14, 2015, under the overall responsibility of Baidu's senior vice president Zhu Guang, using artificial intelligence technology to deploy in the financial field. At present, Duxiaoman Finance has completed the consumer credit and wealth management products and services through "Wealthy Flower", "Duxiaoman Financial Management", "Duxiaoman" Wallet, and "Panshi Jinke Platform", "Only Voice Robot" and other payment and financial technology services.

Application item: Apply to all programs in Le Wagon China 1. Data science 2. Web development 3. Part-time product development

Loan Amount: Le Wagon students can get up to 30,000RMB. Payment plan: 3 months, 6 months, 12 months and 18 months. Nationalities: Chinese Only 🇨🇳 Applicant conditions: 22-65 years old Application materials: Students must link their Chinese ID card number on the app. A passport or HK/MO/TW ID number is not accepted.

How to apply: 1. Sign Le Wagon bootcamp training contract 2. Download Baidu App and apply for loan(The review process will be done within 10 minutes.) 3. Reviewal and confirmation by Baidu

Interest: INTEREST ONLY in the first 6 months 📆 Students can just pay the interest during the first 6 months, then start paying back their loan. With 6+6 plan, the total interest is 5,328RMB, the annual rate is 17.76% With 6+12 plan, the total interest is 7,182RMB, the annual rate is 15.96%


Apps like 蚂蚁借呗(Alipay),微粒贷(Webank),有钱花(Baidu),京东金条(JD finance) offer fast and easy personal loan options, with a daily rate range of 0.015%-0.06%, the application usually requires APP credits or bank debit card. Each platform has various application requirements that can be found online.

Some banks offer a lower rate than APPs but barriers are higher. 中银E贷(BOC),融e借(ICBC),平安易贷PING'AN have an annual rate among 4.35%-7.2%, usually need proof of assets, property proof and salary info for final review.


Welcome to contact different cities’ managers for more details about the loan and jump-start your life-changing journey with Le Wagon China!

Yiyao Shanghai city manager WeChat:fiona_jyy E-mail:yiyao.jia@lewagon.org Call:+86 15821181426

Any questions about our program in Shanghai

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.

I don’t speak Chinese, can I live and work in Shanghai?

Yes, you can undoubtedly live in Shanghai without speaking Chinese. Shanghai is a very international city with English speakers from all over the world and locals talking at least a bit English with you. It's easier to get around Shanghai without Chinese than other Chinese cities (Taiwan and Hong Kong excluded).

For work, the fact is, most jobs for expats in China do not require you to speak Chinese. According to Laowai Careers, the top 5 jobs for foreigners are: Education, Engineering, Marketing/Advertising, English Editing/Writing. Upgrading your tech skills and getting the great career support of Le Wagon community in China will be helpful to land a fulfilling job.

China tech is unique, what are the extracurricular courses? Anything with WeChat?

At Le Wagon Shanghai you can not only learn about web development but also how to build a product in WeChat, the almighty app with 1 billion active users.

From 2017 onwards, our Web Development courses in China added OPTIONAL extra lectures about WeChat applications (official accounts and mini programs) as we anticipated scarcity of experts. We already trained 300+ talents capable of designing, coding and advising global brands on building applications for WeChat or any other super app platforms - think Alipay, Baidu, and Facebook and all others replicating this model. If you decide to build mini programs and become a super app expert, a huge market is in front of you. We even have our own directory: www.wechatdevelopers.com!

At Le Wagon Shanghai coding bootcamp you can go deep into the WeChat Mini Programs framework: data binding, components, APIs as well as the WeChat Pay and WeChat Official Accounts SDKs. Two extra Saturday classes and many guest lectures allow to learn all of this toolkit. Discover some of the applications made by students during camp.

Can Le Wagon help me getting a Visa for China?

To attend our training program in Shanghai, you will need a tourist or business visa. In some cases, we can invite you on a Business Visa (M). Durations and number of entries vary according to your nationality. Please consult our visa assistance guide and talk to our team, we’re happy to share practical experiences in getting the right travel documents!

How much can I make with a tech job in China?

The average salary for tech roles in China was ¥25,991 (i.e 3,600 USD) per month in 2019. Here’s some data from PayScale (yearly salary range): Software Developer: ¥60k - ¥482k, Senior Software Engineer: ¥156k - ¥507k, Front End Developer: ¥60k - ¥250k, IT Project Manager: ¥230k - ¥400k, Data Analyst: ¥48k - ¥327k, Data Scientist: ¥222k - ¥550k

Le Wagon’s graduates in China have reported a salary range of ¥180K - ¥300K, depending on the years of experience they had before taking our course! More than 30% of our graduates reported they now make above ¥300K per year.

What’s the cost of living in Shanghai?

The cost of living in China is relatively low, although it greatly depends on your lifestyle! Prices are reasonable and you can get by even with a low salary for a certain time. According to Numbeo.com, a single person monthly cost in a modern city like Shanghai is 624.92$ (¥4,415.46) excluding rent. Shanghai ranks 192th out of 358 cities in the world on cost of living, 43% cheaper than Hong Kong and 50% cheaper than New York.

Want to go further?

Next Shanghai web development course full-time coding bootcamp starts on Jun 21, 2021