Frequently Asked Questions. If you need further help, please don't hesitate to contact us
For our Beginner courses, you must be "computer-literate" but no other technical skills are required. You must be very familiar with the basics of using a computer and software, such as Word, Excel or PowerPoint, installing software, creating and organizing files, knowing some keyboard shortcuts and typing relatively fast.
For our Intermediate courses, you must have tried programming before joining Tortuga Coders and you must be certain that coding is something you enjoy.
After you apply and interview with us, there will be a technical test to assert which course is best suited for you.
Yes, you need your own laptop. We recommend an Apple Mac laptop running Mac OS X. If you don't already have one and want to keep your budget low, we recommend a Macbook Air (new or second-hand).
Instructions and support will be given for Mac only, so please be aware that if you decide to bring a Windows or Linux PC, you will do so at your own risk as you will have to figure out how to set up your computer on your own (command line, installing software, fixing problems...), potentially wasting countless hours searching for solutions online and falling behind on the program.
If this is the first time for you using Mac OS, please give yourself a month at least to learn how to use the operating system before deciding to join us. Trying to learn how to code while learning how to use your computer will lead to failure.
Classes are in English. You must have an excellent grasp of the English language to attend the course. If you understand everything you read on this website, then you'll be fine.
We run 5 courses per year. If you can't make it to the upcoming one, please apply now and mention the month you want to join in the application form, we'll put you on the waiting list and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Our teachers are veterans of the tech industry, they've all been writing code for the past 15 to 20 years and have worked at major tech companies as well as startups. The director of the company, Tony Russo is also a programmer and he has recently built and sold 2 tech companies. Check his profile here (make sure you are logged in on Linkedin).
Once you fill the application form, we will get back to you to schedule a video call with one of our advisors or we'll ask you to re-apply in the future, depending on how you answer the application questions and availability of seats. During the call, we'll assess if the course is right for you based on your objectives and expectations, this is your moment to shine and convince us that we should pick you, so treat it like any regular interview and give it your best.
After the interview, if you've been accepted, you'll be notified via email. Please keep in mind that our acceptance rate is only 3% on average.
Next, if you're applying for an Intermediate course, you'll have to study a small amount of content we will provide and we'll schedule a second interview, this time to check your learning abilities. Tortuga Coders Intermediate programs are intense, so you must be able to learn quickly.
The following step is to secure your spot by paying the fee. We operate on a first come first serve basis.
You'll then receive the pre-course material that you must study before the course starts.
Our onboarding manager, will help you make sure that you're all set (arrival time, visa questions, etc.)
Finally, see you at Tortuga Coders. You must arrive at least the day before the start of the course, since we start at 9am sharp.
Sure, that's the easy part. But building web apps is a whole different level and that's what we focus on. If you're only interested in making simple websites, this course is not for you.
No. You will not use Wordpress or any other platform that lets you build apps without coding. Instead, you will learn to code and build your own platforms.
We have several locations, please see our locations page.
We have several locations, please see our locations page. All our locations have an international airport.
The weather is mostly sunny and hot, we're on a tropical island, so bring your swimsuit and flip flops! Depending on the season, it might be raining though.
If you're not already in the country, you must get a visa from the embassy. Our staff can help you get the right one.
Yes, you must be at least 20 years old by the time the course starts.
We have experimented with various lengths and we found the optimal time to learn enough depending on the course you choose.
The size of the classes vary from batch to batch but we make sure to have a ratio of 1 assistant per 5 students.
No, accommodation is not included. There are plenty of choices around, from shared rooms to 5 star hotels, for all budgets and tastes, so you can choose what suits you best.
No, however local food is cheap over here and there are plenty of options.
No, students come from all over the world so it would be impossible for us to organize.
If you decide to not attend Tortuga Coders after you've paid, we can refund you 95% of the fee up to 60 days before the start of the course.
If we cancel the course you paid for (for any reason) we'll refund you 100% of the fee you paid for the course.
Yes, you can come to the following batch for an additional 5% of the total fees (to cover the admin fees).
No bootcamp can guarantee a job 100% and neither can we. This is because it depends mostly on you: your motivation, the amount of time and effort you put into studying, improving your skills, preparing your CV (resumé), your portfolio and the number of applications you send to recruiters / number of interviews you attend.
We do however help you prepare as much as possible, by teaching you not only the latest and high in the demand technology but also where to look for a job, how to apply, how to prepare for your interview, how to integrate a team of developers and be operational from day 1, which is what companies are looking for.
Applications close on September 15th.