About us
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Welcome to Codam, a full-time programming course in the heart of Amsterdam! At Codam, you learn to program like a pro using our unique peer learning curriculum. We cover your tuition fees, there are no teachers and we are open 24/7! Moreover, Codam is accessible to everyone, because no previous education or diploma is required, to register you only have to be over 18. We believe that everyone can learn to program wherever you come from! #writeyourfuture

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We do things differently

At Codam, we don't have teachers, classrooms, semesters or books. Next to that, you don't pay tuition fees, it is entirely free. You might wonder, what do we have?


We believe that everyone should have the chance to become a qualified software engineer! The only thing you have to bring to the table, is motivation and the willingness to learn.


Anyone can code, regardless of age, gender or background. To join Codam, you do not need any diplomas, training or previous experience in programming! At Codam, you learn programming from absolute scratch.


Peer-to-peer learning means: you find the answers to any issue through your own research and help from your peers. You ask the people around you for help, help those around you when asked, and discover together how to solve problems you did not (yet) know how to solve. With your peers and the internet, there is nothing you cannot solve!


Our curriculum is entirely project based. These projects have been carefully created by experts, becoming increasingly more difficult, to challenge our students no matter their level! After 12 months and the internship, you gained hardcore basic programming skills after which you can decide whether or not you want to go into depth on a specific field, like AI, security, kernel programming or 3D visualisations.


Codam is open 24/7, 365 days a year. We have two large open spaces we call clusters, with 240 iMacs in total. In addition, we have a custom built gameroom, a giant life-sized chess board, a growing library section, music room, lego area, with couches and bean bags throughout. We even have showers! We have what you need to make your time at Codam the most constructive it can be.
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Where it
all started

Codam is a new, innovative school, in the heart of Amsterdam. Based on the revolutionary education model of the French school 42 that was founded in Paris by tech-entrepreneur Xavier Niel. With impressive results (100% of graduates found a job in the industry) 42 has inspired others around the world to use the model. In September 2018, Codam opened its doors as the Dutch sister school to 42, using the same successful curriculum.

Corinne Vigreux, co-founder of TomTom, was inspired by Xavier Niel. With a passion for innovation and technology, she decided to set up her own programming college like 42. Corinne had first hand seen the shortage of programmers, so she decided to take action. It is the goal of both Codam and Corinne to help ensure that the world of tomorrow is shaped by people from all corners of society and the world.

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Codam is part of the #42network, with 9.000 students around the world, who are all studying to become qualified software engineers using the same curriculum and the same educational model!

Alumni worldwide
Campusesin 21 countries
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Our curriculum is divided into multiple steps. It's set up as a game, with the ability to gain levels and achievements through the completion of projects. The end goal is to reach level 21. Once you have reached level 21, you are ready to find a job.

Everyone starts at the same place to ensure everyone has a strong programming foundation to build upon. Here at Codam, you can learn to do anything from programming an A.I. to game graphics. Nobody tells you what route you must take, it is up to you! You are in charge of your own future. If you are not sure what your passion is, you are free to try all the routes until you find it. It’s all up to you.

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Careers after

After Codam you can go anywhere. You can start your own company, or join the aerospace industry, or even advance the field of programming. The sky is the limit! In the end, once you’ve finished at Codam you’ll have the ability to learn how to learn. This means you can bring your programming to any field and help improve it. You’ll be able to handle anything any industry throws at you. There are many students from 42 and our other sister schools that have advanced the fields they’ve joined. Feel free to read what they’ve done after their education.

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Is this
for you?

Codam is for everyone, no matter where you come from, or what you did in the past. We have no prejudices. If you’re creative, curious, if you unsure of your life's path, if you like solving problems, working on projects and working with people on some difficult tasks, this could be for you. Try the online test today and visit us on an open day.

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The road
to Codam


2 hours




Informative introduction
to Codam


4 weeks

Selection month


3,5 years

Start of the curriculum

The road to Codam consists of multiple steps; an online test, attending a Check-in, and the Selection Piscine. The first step is the online game, in which you have 2 hours to get as far as you can, so take your time. If you pass the online game you can sign up for the Check-in at the next step - This is an introduction presentation where you’ll get the chance to have all your questions answered. Here you can sign up for step 3, the Selection Piscine - This a test period of 4 weeks that you’ll spend in Codam. It’s a tough task, however, it’s unforgettable. After this month you’ll know for sure if Codam is for you. You can always exit the admission process at any time. You’re not tied to anything.

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Take the challenge!

Are you excited about Codam? Apply now to start your application! Reminder: at every step of the application you can pause, there is no rush!