About Our Program
Why does Byte Academy teach Python?
Python is consistently among the most popular programming languages. It is both friendly to those just beginning to learn how to code and powerful enough to become increasingly used at organizations like Google, Yahoo, and NASA. It is the #1 most popular introductory coding language at American colleges. Python was recently ranked the highest paid coding language for recent bootcamp grads according to a 2016 Course Report study with salaries directly after bootcamp averaging $90,000.
How big is the school?
Class size averages 5-15 students. Different class sizes are acceptable if we feel it doesn’t compromise the quality of our school.
Where are the classes held?
Our New York City headquarters is located in midtown Manhattan, one block from Grand Central:
295 Madison Ave, Floor 35
New York, NY 10017
Our Asia campus is located in Singapore:
991 D Alexandra Road
Singapore, SG 119972
What is the time commitment?
For our full-time program “typical” class days are held from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Students typically spend 40 hours in class for the full-time program with an additional 20-40 hours spent of their own time outside the classroom. Part-time classes are held 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm twice per week in the evening.
Most of the projects and coursework will be done in class under the guidance of our instructors. We highly encourage students to challenge themselves by picking projects that are above their comfort zone, thus potentially requiring additional time to complete.
We encourage our students to attend technical conferences that take place during weekends or after class, Meetups to socialize and network, or simply dine with each other, all of which are outside the normal 40 hours per week guideline.
Do I have to learn on your New York or Singapore Campus?
Yes, you need to be in the classroom. However, our prework can be done online. We are in the process of setting up remote learning and assistance centers, with online courses so that you will be able to avail of remote learning facilities.
What kind of students are you looking for?
We are looking for students from a diverse range of backgrounds. We seek those who are highly motivated and enjoy a challenge. People who constantly want to improve and learn more and people who want to take their careers to the next level with programming but need a helping hand.
Why do I have to do the 4-week prep work?
The prep work will take you around 20 hours per week to complete. Since the very basics of programming can be self-learned, we want you to be familiar with coding before you start bootcamp.
Your instructor will go over all the basics during the first week of the program to make sure everyone is on the same page, but we do not want you to spend too much time on something you can learn by yourself. We want to get you ramped up so that you can start programming and then we will help you master your coding skills.
Does my final project have to be finance related, if I am taking the FinTech program?
Final projects do not have to pertain to FinTech; however, unlike many other coding programs, Byte Academy has instructors who specialize in Finance and will be able to help you work on a financial application that requires advanced programming skills and insight into Finance.
What if I only want to learn programming, and not finance, data science or medicine?
Careers - After The Program
What happens after the program?
Our goal is to help you land the job you want. Although from Phase 1 of enrollment we prepare and introduce students to potential employers, many students ramp this up after graduation in “Phase 4.” We’ll work with you on and off campus until you get a job.
Our graduates have access to the services of our career placement office for their entire lifetimes and are part of a strong alumni network.
How does Byte Academy help me get a job?
From the beginning of your program we will start preparing you for job interviews in the career of your choice. Our career placement office will also work with you to introduce you to a number of employers.
Will you guarantee me a job?
Effective for cohorts beginning November 2016, if you complete our entire full-time program without repeating and participate fully in our Career Services recommendations, we will guarantee a job within six months of graduation. If you follow our program but do not get a job, we will refund your tuition. As part of the bargain, we do expect you to be quite proactive in your job search and will require you to work closely with our Career Services team. See Byte Academy Policies for full details.
How does tuition reimbursement work? Is my tuition refunded if I am not hired?
We will refund your tuition if you do not get a job within six months of graduating our full-time 12 week programs. However, you must hold up your end of the job search, which means:
- Working with career services from Phase 1 of enrollment
- Completion of our full-time 12 week course with satisfactory evaluations without repeating any phases
- Completion of our Career Services form within one weeks of the first day of class (this helps us understand you goals and come up with the best path to achieve them)
- Completion of all career-prep check points
- Follow-up and acceptance of all Career Services recommendations, including on jobs that will be relevant to your experience and program.
- When communicating with Career Services you must be responsive and reply within 72 hours
- You must apply to at least 5 relevant jobs per week and submit weekly job search logs to the Career Services team.
- We’re going to require you to track all the employers and positions you apply to, as well as dates, email correspondence, and application materials related to your job search. You’ll need to provide all of this to the Career Services team so they can help you as much as possible.
- You must be eligible to work in the metropolitan area of your program and country of choice for 18 months post graduation
- You must be willing to accept a job in a relevant field as recommended by our Career Services team.
- If you live in a rural area or plan to move to one it is difficult for Byte to guarantee you a job. Therefore you must live in one of 23 major North American metro areas encompassing 100 cities. If you are a Singapore student you must live in Singapore.
- You must explicitly request your reimbursement in writing within 15 days of completing your job search. If for some reason you do not hear from us you must have a written email record of writing to us.
- You must be a fluent English speaker and writer and at least 18 years old
If you do not meet all of the conditions above you can still: 1) enroll and waive the tuition reimbursement guarantee 2) focus your job search on any two metro areas on the list and we will guarantee a job in one of these two cities. You must be able to relocate.
I’m not a US citizen. Can I apply?
Yes, we welcome students from around the world. However, we cannot sponsor you for a student visa. If you are able to get a travel visa to spend 3 months in New York then we are more than happy to have you.
If you are able to get a job through our affiliated consulting company, work visas for non-US citizens are selectively sponsored.
I have some programming background. Should I still do this?
Absolutely. Our courses are very comprehensive and the projects will be scaled according to your skill. We have numerous Computer Science majors who have told us that their major did not provide relevant, career-oriented education. People attend our school, not only to learn programming but also to develop their experience in industry related technologies and projects, including FinTech, MedTech and Data Sciences.
Can I schedule an on-campus visit or speak to instructors?
We have frequent events scheduled at Byte Academy which we encourage everyone to attend to get to know us better. For a complete listing see our events page.
If you cannot attend one of our events and want to schedule an on-campus visit, meet our instructors and/or sit in on a class. Please contact us and we will be happy to arrange a visit.
What is the application process?
We follow a rolling admissions process. New full-time cohorts start every 6 weeks whereas part-time begins slightly less frequently.
Your application to Byte Academy starts by submitting a non-binding application form online. Even if you just have some questions on the program, we highly suggest completing an application so that we can best speak to your needs before a call.
After submitting your application, you should hear from us within 3-5 days. If you haven’t heard from us within this timeframe, please do inquire about your application at firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to guarantee a place in one of our future cohorts, a refundable $500 registration fee is required. The tuition must be fully paid prior to the start of the pre-bootcamp coursework.
Don’t worry if your schedule changes. We can change your start date as long as there are openings in your desired cohort. In the event that you are still undecided about a specific cohort, we’ll be happy to schedule another conversation at a time of your choosing. Students may also be put on a waitlist if a specific cohort is full.
Do I need any programming experience?
No. You do not need prior programming experience. By the time you complete our full-time, part-time and remote classes, you will be able to create a complete full-stack application from scratch.
What is the next step if I am accepted to the program?
You will have a few days to pay your deposit and complete an acceptance form. Should you need more time due to special circumstances, please contact us. Your spot will not be reserved until you complete your acceptance form and pay the deposit.
Once admitted to the program, you will receive information about the prep work and prep resources we require you do before attending your first class. Our instructors will be available for any questions that you may have. Some individuals work on the pre-bootcamp remotely while others choose to come on campus.
What is the schedule for the classes being offered?
See our class schedule here.
What are the school's policies for repeating, cancellation, withdrawal & refunds?
Does Byte really provide full Merit Scholarships to the top applicants? How does this work?
For cohorts starting in November 2016, Byte Academy will provide full Merit Scholarships to a few of the top applicants. We implemented this program in order to ensure that the best students join our program. Applicants who want to be considered for this Scholarship should fill out their application in detail and indicate why they should be considered for this Scholarship.
Is there financial aid available?
We do offer financial aid. Please see our financial aid page for details.
Do I have to bring my own laptop?
We do expect our students to provide their own laptops. They can run any operating system.
Do you provide food?
Unfortunately, no. We do not provide lunch and dinner. We do occasionally sponsor pizza nights for special programs and have food and drink at meetups and other special events.
Do you provide housing?
We partner with Literati in addition to Common, which provides furnished housing and private rooms in apartments in the Queens section of New York City only a short train ride away from our midtown Manhattan location. Apartments range from $800-1450 (average is $1000) without utilities in Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Harlem, and Elmhurst, Queens.
Also, before classes start, we can email you a list of all your classmates who are also looking for apartments, so that you can coordinate and share accommodation with each other if you so choose.