We added the frequently asked questions here below in broad categories. If you feel like your question has not really been answered, you can look at the other subjects in the chat. If after that you still have questions unanswered, our chat will send you through to Facebook Messenger where there will definitely be someone that can answer it.

Learning

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Codam is a peer-to-peer learning school, so no teachers. There is the educational staff who create a framework for guiding students through the curriculum. You learn and discover by yourself and with your peers. One step at a time.

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Peer-to-peer learning is an education model where students learn from each other instead of learning from an appointed teacher. You will also learn from explaining to your peers.

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Codam’s curriculum is shared with that of ‘Ecole 42’ in Paris. There are more than a hundred projects layed out as a tree. You can follow different paths to discover multiple aspects of programming and IT.

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Your peers will assess the quality of your projects based on grading scales defined by the educational staff.

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Yes, the whole curriculum is available in English.

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Yes, a lot! Codam will invite guest speakers and organize hackathons on a regular basis so you can get in touch with a lot of very different people from very different backgrounds and disciplines.
Curriculum

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You start building a base in the C programming language, and optionally Web programming. That will lead to your first internship. The curriculum then includes Object Oriented programming, Mobile programming, Functional programming, Web security, Reverse engineering, Malicious Code, Kernel programming, Network programing, Artificial intelligence, 3D programming, and much more. Your second and final internship will complete the course.

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Yes, a lot! Following the success of the first coding school 42 in Paris, which was elected ‘Best coding school of 2017’, sister schools have been set up in San Francisco (42), Brussels (Le 19), Kiev (Unit Factory), Lyon (Le 101), Bucharest (Academy+Plus) and Cape Town (WeThinkCode_).

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The original curriculum was created in 2013 and has evolved ever since with the help of students, various companies and the educational staff.
Job market

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Would you like to? If so, this is definitely possible. But it is more likely that you will develop new skills and interests and find other positions related to digital. Is there any company or organisation that is not affected by the digital transformation?

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You name it: from world-wide leading tech companies to startups, and everything in between. Why not set up your own?

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Codam will teach you how to learn. Codam won’t teach you how to solve a specific problem. After Codam you will have the ability to solve hard problems. We will not lock you in into a specific technology. You will be able to develop and maintain relevant skills throughout your career.

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Yes. Level 21 students are top level programmers suitable for top jobs and responsibilities and are able to join the most selective software companies.

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Completing the course gives you access to many positions and jobs in the digital world, both the existing roles and those yet to be invented. Try searching “digital world jobs” in your favorite search engine and see what’s out there!

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Finding both internships required to validate the course is a key part of your learning process. Codam will provide you with a way to acquire knowledge, build confidence and access to professionals through conferences, hackathons and workshops, but in the end, it is up to you to make the call and to step up to the challenge.
Practical information

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At Codam you do not receive a diploma or certificate. However, this is not a problem at all! Companies can't wait to welcome qualitative programmers. Having a diploma or certificate does not matter for the company. The only thing that does matter is who you are, how you work, and what you can do. During Codam you build your own personal portfolio. Experience with our partner school 42, is that the students already get offers from companies in the early stage of their studies. Lastly, we want to add that in tech, you never stop learning. It is constantly evolving, and so will you!

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Yes it is. Amazing, isn’t it? We will not charge you before, during or after your studies. This school is funded by Corinne Vigreux.

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How much time do you need? We strongly believe that each student is unique and should be allowed to learn at their own pace. The course was designed to last three and a half years without the final internship. Some students will be able to complete the course in less than two years, others will need five years. Both are good, it is not a race. It is about learning, not winning.

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We want Codam to be available to its students. Check in whenever you like, check out whenever you like. A friendly security team is present 24/7.

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Though we would not recommend doing it, you can stop at anytime. Keep in mind that Codam’s course is full-time and requires commitment. But sometimes life gets in the way and instead of leaving the course, get in touch with the educational staff to review your situation. If pausing your course is right for you, it is possible. You will then be welcome to resume from where you were when you come back.

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Of course! All you have to do is apply! Like Codam, our sister schools are tuition-free and use the same curriculum. However, it is only possible to transfer between campuses after the first internship (www.codam.nl/en/studying-at-codam). This means you will begin the curriculum on the same campus where you did your Piscine.

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Our experience with students that do Codam in combination with a job or another study, is that it’s quite difficult. In order to succeed at Codam, you will have to spend a large part of your time at the college (more than sixty hours per week). As a result, the combination is a bit too much and therefore, we advise against it.

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If you want to join Codam you need to be able to stay in the Netherlands legally for at least 365 consecutive days. If you cannot meet this criterion we will have to deny your application. If you are a refugee in the Netherlands please contact us to see if you can apply. Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with a student visa. If you can't study in the Netherlands without a visa you cannot attend Codam. You can of course take a look at one of our partner schools in a country where you're already allowed to study.
The selection piscine

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The word “Piscine” is the French word for “swimming pool”, meaning that everyone should jump into the water and learn to swim together while having fun. During the Piscine you will dive into programming together and learn about coding while having fun.

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Not being accepted for Codam after the Piscine means that Codam might not be right for you. The Piscine is designed in a way that both you and Codam can validate if this educational model is the right fit for you. If you are not accepted for Codam after the Piscine, we advise you to try a different learning program. This is not the only way to learn to program!

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Yes it is. Now go back figuring it out

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The Selection Piscine, or just Piscine, is a four week long trial period. During the Piscine, you will discover the basics of programming from scratch. No prerequisites of any kind are needed. This period will be very intensive and requires commitment. Don’t expect laid-back weekends… There is no fixed amount of applicants to be selected. This means there is no competition between applicants and anyone can be selected.

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Two hours.
Requirements

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Apply at apply.codam.nl! After registration, you need to pass an online test of two hours long. If you succeed you need to clear the last hurdle, the ‘Selection Piscine’.

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No! Why would you? You’re welcome anyway if you’re good at maths, though everybody is.

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Not at all! Absolutely not!

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You need to be able to adapt and overcome difficulties, be proactive, curious, creative, thorough, and be able to collaborate.
Money

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It is Codam’s mission to give people the opportunity to maximize their talents. We believe that everyone deserves a fair chance to follow their dreams, regardless of background and resources. It is for this reason that Codam covers for your tuition fee. You will not be charged during or after your studies at Codam.

So where does the money come from? Codam is made possible, thanks to Stichting Codam, privately funded by Corinne Vigreux (entrepreneur and co-founder of TomTom). She took the courage to bring Codam to Amsterdam and her foundation, focused on education, social mobility and inclusiveness, is financing everything.

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During your study at Codam, you will have to make your own living. This implies you need place to sleep and some money for food and other things. Money you cannot gain from having a job alongside your studies, as we strongly recommend to put all your energy and time into studying.

The solution might be that you save some money before you start studying, or maybe ask you parents for some help. And if all of this is not possible, we are always open to discuss receiving extra help from Codam.

How can we help? We have different ways in which we can support you. For example, by helping you find a place to sleep in Amsterdam, reimbursing your travel costs or with special student loans. In all cases, we will look at your needs and how we can help in the best way. All of this will be decided and assigned case by case.

See the next questions for more details.

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If you live far away from Codam, or, for whatever reason, you do not have suitable housing, we can arrange a place to stay. We have a few simple beds available during the four weeks of the Selection Piscine, paid for by Codam. You can apply by sending an email to assistance@codam.nl including a brief description of who you are, your educational background, why you decided to start this Codam adventure and your current address. The deadline to apply for housing is 4 weeks before the start of your Piscine.

If you live within travel distance from Codam but you cannot afford your train or bus tickets, we can reimburse your travel costs from your home to Amsterdam Central Station. The application process is the same as with housing, you can send an email to assistance@codam.nl.

We will consider each application but it is not guaranteed that we grant all requests. The deadline to apply for reimbursement of your travel costs is 4 weeks before the start of your Piscine.

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We have a select number of studios in Amsterdam available for the students in the curriculum. You will be informed about the options and application process after the Piscine is finished. We will consider all applications and decide case by case. We cannot help everyone with housing and we keep priority to the ones who need our help the most. Because it is not straightforward that we will help you, we advise you to look for accommodation yourself. Tip: use your social network! Ask your friends and family via Facebook or Instagram, or place notes in Universities and Supermarkets. Be creative!

Furthermore, we are working on a special student loan for Codam students and hope to have more information about this in the near future.

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We find it incredibly important that nothing stands in the way of you following your dreams, so if you are still having doubts or worries, you can always reach out to us to discuss your circumstances, just send an email to assistance@codam.nl.
Want to discover more about Codam?

If you are curious about Codam and want to know more, we organise monthly open days also called Check-ins. During the Check-in, you get the chance to meet the team and get all the information needed. If you already did the test and passed, you have the opportunity to directly subscribe to the Selection Piscine during the Check-in!