FAQ

About Our Programs

  • Why does Byte Academy teach Python?

    Python is consistently ranked among the most popular and lucrative programming languages. Though based on simplicity, it can perform very powerful data analysis making it popular in quantitative fields such as data science, finance and medicine.   Python is used at organizations including Google, Yahoo, and NASA.  It is the #1 most popular introductory coding language at American colleges.

  • How big are the cohorts?

    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?

    We have campuses in the United States and Asia.

    United States
    New York City

    295 Madison Avenue, Floor 35
    New York, NY 10017

    How to find us: entrance is on 41st Street near Madison Avenue.  We are one block from Grand Central Station

    Houston, Texas

    Galleria Office Tower I
    2700 Post Oak Boulevard
    Houston, TX 77056

    How to find us: We are located at WeWork’s Galleria location  Free parking is provided at the Galleria.


    Asia
    Bangalore, India

    No. 13 Gurukrupa Mansions,Krishnareddy Layout
    Domlur, Bangalore

  • What is the time commitment?

    Our Immersive programs are full-time and meet daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 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 outside class hours 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, Houston or Bangalore campus?

    Not necessarily! Our pre-work can be done online. And we also have  online courses so that you will be able to learn from anywhere.

  • 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, learn more and want to take their careers to the next level with programming but need a helping hand.

  • Why do I have to do the Pre-Work?

    You don’t! Many students choose to take our introductory Python Foundation workshop instead.  Those that pass Python Foundation may skip the pre-work of our immersive bootcamp.

    If you do take the pre-work on your own it 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. We want to get you ramped up so that you can start programming and then we will help you master your coding skills.

  • What kind of final project do I have to create and how many?

    You will be required to create at least 2 final projects- one by yourself, one with your cohort. Your instructor will guide you in the scope of the work so that your projects will be complete and professional by graduation/demo day. Please note that your required final projects must be in the area of study you’ve selected; Data Science Immersive=final projects in Data Science. You may have more than the 2 required projects but you must complete the requirements to graduate. Your additional projects may be in any field.

  • What if I only want to learn programming, and not finance, data science or medicine?

    You should sign up for our Python Fullstack bootcamp which teaches web development-including Python, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SQL, and a framework (Flask). Students typically pick up additional languages or frameworks for their final projects.

Careers After Python and Data Science Program

  • What happens after the program?

    Our goal is to help you land the job you want. Although from Phase 1 (first 4 weeks) we start to prepare you for your job search, you will 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 in Phase 3 and after completing your program.

     

Python and Data Science Program Applicants

  • I’m not a US citizen. Can I apply?

    Yes, we welcome students from around the world. However, we are unable to sponsor you for a student, travel, or work visa.

  • I have some programming background. Should I still do this?

    We will absolutely address this concern in your initial interview with an Admissions Officer. During which we will discuss your background in detail so we may better gauge your experience and the ‘fit’ of our programs to your skill level.

    Our courses are very comprehensive and the projects will be scaled according to your skill. We’ve met 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 including FinTech, MedTech and Data Sciences and have complete projects to showcase.

  • 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 please submit an application and/or schedule a call for more a individualized call that is pertinent to your background and goals.

Application Process for Python and Data Science Programs

  • What is the application process?

    We follow a rolling admissions process. New full-time cohorts start every 4weeks 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 time frame, please do inquire about your application at [email protected]

    The main requirements to start with the cohort of your choice:

    1. Complete an application online
    2. Have a telephone interview with Admissions.
    3. Pass a technical interview in person or via Google Hangout.
    4. Complete the Pre-Work before your program starts.
    5. Pay the refundable $500 registration fee to hold a seat for you.

    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 you will be able to create a complete full-stack application from scratch. Also, every student who completes any of our full programs (full-time or part-time) will possess the equivalent in programming skills of a junior developer.

  • What is the next step if I am accepted to the program?

    Hopefully you are well on your way to completing the Pre-Work, but if not-get to it!  We won’t be able start you regardless of acceptance or even if you’ve already paid the balance. We may have to shift your start date to the next start or whenever you have completed the Pre-Work.

    Next step would be to pay the balance at least one week prior to starting. If you are working with any of our partners (3rd party lenders)  please get in contact with admissions for an update.

    You should have also been invited to the Byte Academy community on Discord, the Instant Messaging platform we use for quick, informal communications.

  • 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?

    Please refer to our policies at Byte Academy Policies

  • Is financing available?

    We have a financing partner, Climb Credit. Please see our financial aid page for details.

Python and Data Science Programs Accommodations

  • Do I have to bring my own laptop?

    Yes, we will provide a monitor, keyboard and mouse but we do expect our students to provide their own laptops. Macs, Window’s based laptops or Unix systems will all be fine for our courses.

  • Do you provide food?

    Unfortunately, no. We do not provide lunch and dinner. We do occasionally sponsor pizza nights for special programs and have snacks and drinks at meetups and other special events.

  • Do you provide housing?

    We do not provide housing but you may, before classes start, contact your classmates via your cohort Discord channel so that you can coordinate and share accommodation with each other if you so choose.

Additional Information on Python and Data Science Programs

  • I need additional information. Where can I ask questions and find answers regarding Byte Academy?

    Feel free to schedule a call for more a individualized conversation to address your questions.

    For additional information and to ask questions regarding Byte Academy, please see our Quora page. We check this on a regular basis.