Everyone is welcome to apply, you have to be at least 18 years old, have basic education (Estonian education 9th grade) and either be a resident or have a permit to live in Estonia for 24 months. No previous knowledge on coding is needed.
Application period is April 26 to May 31, 2021.
The application period consists of two parts. First part is the Online Test that you can take between April 26 and May 31. The 600 applicants with the best results in the Online Test will be invited to a 3-week intense onsite Selection Sprint in July-August.
The Online Test is a game that will test your memory, problem solving skills, and logical thinking. There is no preparation needed, just make sure that you have up to 2 hours of undivided attention and a good internet connection! You cannot pause the Online Test once you have started it and have to go through it with one go.
No, once you have started the online test, you cannot pause or restart it. So make sure you have a stable internet connection and enough free time to do it with one go. If your score is below a certain threshold, you will get a second chance to do the test and you will be notified via email about it.
The correct answers are not published online as that would give an unfair advantage to the candidates who have not done the test yet. You can discuss your solutions with the others at the Selection Sprint or when you start school.
Selection Sprint is a 3-week full-time test period for the candidates. 300 students will work together on the 01Education System platform which is the methodology for kood/Jõhvi. Your learning process will start with fulfilling different quests in the program. Each week will end with an exam based on what you have learned during the week. During the weekend, there will be a teamwork exercise called the raid. The goal of this exercise is to strengthen the learnings from the previous week.
If you are accepted to the Selection Sprint, prepare for the most intense but also funnest 3 weeks of your life. You will make new friends, learn a lot and achieve more than you thought would be possible! There will be two Selection Sprints in summer 2021 taking place at Ida-Virumaa Vocational Education Center in Sillamäe. Accommodation is provided for free for everyone during the Selection Sprint.
Each quest, raid and exam results will give you experience points during the Selection Sprint. The candidates with the highest number of experience points at the end of the sprint will be accepted to the full program.
Accepted candidates will be informed mid-August.
The school starts September 13, 2021.
The program lasts for 24 months. It’s a full-time commitment but as it is a self-learning methodology it is possible to complete the whole program within 18 months so it all depends on your dedication and time management skills. There are no vacation periods planned into the study time.
You will follow a self-learning methodology in 01Edu System that will be your teacher and classes, you will also collaborate with other students, learning from their experience. The study software has additional instructions, support videos and built in mechanism to teach you coding from the very beginning. Also, there are self-initiated study groups and chats with students to support each other, discuss tasks and work together towards completing the program.
We highly recommend being at the school building during your studies as there is an immense value in being in the environment and learning together with your team members. It’s very motivating to work and learn together and you will create friendships that last a lifetime.
About 80% of the projects you need to complete in the program are based on teamwork, which is easier and faster to do when being together in the same room. The building is open 24/7.
Also, the Jõhvi school building is built for your convenience to give you the best possible study atmosphere. There will be multiple events with other students, partners and community planned throughout the year that you do not want to miss.
The study program is very intense to ensure you reach the level of expertise and knowledge within the 24 months, so your regular days are 8-10 hours long. Based on the experience of other schools with the same methodology, combining studies and work is almost impossible. So to make sure you are able to fully concentrate on your studies, we would say it is not possible to work on the side and do not recommend it.
The study program is conducted in English as the coding world works in English, but there are support materials available both in Estonian and Russian. Also, there are tutors present that can help you with the language, we will also have language learning groups. While doing your teamwork, you can choose which language to do it in.
You do not need expert level English to succeed in the program, basic knowledge and understanding is enough. However, we feel that it is very important for you to develop your English language skills to succeed in the digital world and to think globally.
Although kood/Jõhvi works on self-learning methodology, we highly recommend you to be at the school building as much as possible. About 80% of the program is teamwork with your colleagues which is so much easier to do together. Working on the same problems in the physical space creates amazing cooperation and will keep you motivated to achieve great results!
There is no tuition fee, your accommodation in the student housing is for free. During the studies you will also get your own laptop from the school. Our goal is for the education to be accessible to everyone, irrespective of your previous education, experience or financial situation. You need to cover your daily food and beverage and other everyday essential costs.
The program is meant to be completed in our school building with other students. However, in certain cases you are able to also work from home from time to time. The school is meant to be finished on the spot at Jõhvi, where you can be with others and complete different teamwork exercises, hackathons and so on during the year. The most strict part is The Selection Sprint. During the 3-week onboarding period you will need to present the whole time.
You have different assignments you need to fulfill in order to move to the next level in the program. All these tasks have a certain time limit when they need to be completed. This means that everything is built upon your own time management skills. You have no official breaks during the 2 year period but you can do assignments in advance to enjoy a planned vacation. You are your own time manager and we do not set boundaries in how you set up your time and when you complete some kind of quest or assignments as long as you manage to do them in the time window set for them. There are just some overall deadlines that you need to keep in mind to finish within the 2 years.
We have our awesome kood/Jõhvi team that will make sure you have a well organized and fun 2 years. This means there will be different events and occasions for all the students to get to know each other and have some fun. If you have some ideas on what you want to organize, let us know and we can try to make it happen.
During the Selection Sprint, you should take your own laptop with you. If you do not have one, then we will provide you with a computer.
All the students who are accepted to the school will get a laptop to use for their schoolwork during their studies.
Yes and no. We will move to Jõhvi in autumn 2022 when the renovation of the school building is finished. Until then the study grounds lie in Ida-Virumaa Vocational Education Centre in Sillamäe.
Yes! In kood/Jõhvi you will learn everything that is needed in today’s job market. This means that you will be constantly working with our partners to ensure you gain the skills and knowledge needed in the market. Our partners will give you real-world assignments so you have a chance to solve some of the main problems in the field of IT.
When we kick off the school and during the Selection Sprint in summer 2021, you will be staying in the Ida-Virumaa Vocational Education Center dormitories.
When we move to Jõhvi school building in 2022, one of the floors of the building is dedicated to student housing. The rooms are shared, including a common area with kitchens and bathrooms.
Accommodation in the student housing is for free both during Selection Sprint and during your studies.
kood/Jõhvi offers you free accommodation, school premises and even a computer if needed. The main expenses you need to cover are food, transportation and other personal expenses.
Yes, you will share a room with 4-5 of your fellow students.
No, living on campus is not mandatory, however, we strongly recommend living in close proximity to the school. This ensures that you will be able to collaborate with other students, create meaningful bonds, and succeed in your studies.
Completing the course gives you access to many positions and jobs in the digital world, from startups to worldwide leading companies. In the final 6 months of your studies, you can choose what field you want to specialize in. Check out the Program page to see more options on potential positions.
After you complete your studies, you do not receive an accredited degree as this educational model is new in Estonia and does not correspond to any traditional definitions. However, we do not believe this to be a problem in the technology sector, given that companies tend to only care about what you can do, who you are, and how you work.
We have created many partnerships with the best companies in Estonia who want to recruit you. During your studies, you have options to get to know more about these companies through different events, work with them solving challenges, and create relationships to make sure you have a great position waiting for you when you graduate.
You need a resident permit to study and live in Jõhvi. At this moment, we do not have an official education institution status in Estonia, so it is not possible to apply for a student visa. This might change in the future, so stay tuned.
The school will provide health insurance to all the students who need it through a private provider. So don’t worry, your health insurance will be covered once you enter the school.