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Tulsa, Bogota, Medellin, +11 more.
Cali, Barranquilla, San Juan, Lima, Quito, Montevideo, Lille, Laval, Toulouse, Tunis, Beirut

About Holberton School

Location: Tulsa, Bogota, Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla, San Juan, Lima, Quito, Montevideo, Lille, Laval, Toulouse, Tunis, Beirut

Since 2016, Holberton School offers two-year Full-Stack Software Engineering training in adequation with Silicon Valley’s companies’ needs.

With no formal teachers or courses! At Holberton School, education is delivered through a project-based learning... Read More

Here, students practice peer learning; they learn to cooperatively work and support each other through their learning process. With this project-based and peer learning curriculum, Holberton School students unleash their creativity and naturally learn how to work as a team to solve practical challenges.

Holberton School's curriculum, which helps students become experienced and capable Software Engineers, requires no previous programming experience. It aims to prepare students not only for a job but for a career in software engineering. The in-person program provides a backdrop for a collaborative working experience, and highlights technical and professional skills like problem-solving and working in teams.

Holberton School's program starts with a nine-month Foundations program that helps students build the base of their education. After Foundations, students may choose between a 3 or 9 months specialization program in Back-end, Front-end, AR/VR, Machine Learning, Full-Stack Web Development, or Low Level & Algorithm.

Holberton School operates on a deferred tuition model with income-based repayment that is time capped, repayment amount capped, and also has an income floor on where no payments are made until a minimum income is met. Depending on the locations, other payment methods are available (UpFront and/or Monthly). Holberton School’s application process was built from scratch to help find the ideal candidates for our learning style. Holberton School's automated and blind application process removes unconscious bias and identifies motivated, passionate, intuitive, creative learners. You do not need to have prior technical or programming experience to apply; instead, Holberton School wants to see what you can learn throughout the process.

The application also serves as a great introduction to project-based learning - a key foundation in Holberton School's program. At the end of Holberton School's application process, students will code and deploy a website with HTML, JavaScript, and CSS, code in emacs, to an apache web server.

Courses

Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality

Duration: 104 weeks
Locations: Tulsa, Bogota, Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla, San Juan, Lima, Quito, Montevideo, Lille, Laval, Toulouse, Tunis, Beirut
In-person Only
Course Description:

This program is designed specifically to help anyone who can pass our admissions process learn the skills they need to become experts in AR/VR and Software Engineering.

Holberton School education starts with the Foundations program: A 9-month On-Site Intensive program, which covers Python, Object-Oriented Programming, databases, Front-end development, Javascript, HTML/CSS, JQuery, as well as System-engineering, DevOps, and more.

After Foundations, Students will specialize in Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality. This program helps students learn C# fundamentals and algorithms, Unity, asset management, behavior scripting, textures, and material usage, AR/VR friendly UI development, animation, audio, and multiplatform publishing. This curriculum was developed in partnership with Unity, the leading AR/VR development platform.

The goal of Holberton School’s education is beyond teaching a specific programming language or framework. Holberton seeks to teach students about the core learning and problem-solving they will use throughout their careers.

To learn more, visit the HolbertonSchool website.

Tuition: Deferred

Subjects:
C#, CSS, HTML, jQuery, Python, AR/VR, Object Oriented Programming (OOP), Unity, Algorithms, JavaScript, DevOps, Front-End Web Development

Full-Stack Web-Development

Cost: Free
Duration: 104 weeks
Locations: Tulsa, Bogota, Medellin, Cali, Tunis, Barranquilla, San Juan, Lima, Quito, Montevideo, Lille, Laval, Toulouse, Beirut
In-person Only
Course Description:

This program is designed specifically to help anyone who can pass our admissions process learn the skills they need to become experts in Full-Stack Web-Development and Software Engineering.

Holberton School education starts with the Foundations program: A 9-month On-Site Intensive program, which covers Python, Object-Oriented Programming, databases, Front-end development, Javascript, HTML/CSS, JQuery, as well as System-engineering, DevOps, and more.

After Foundations, Students will specialize in Full-Stack Web Development. This program will help web-oriented students deep dive into the most used technologies in web development. Students will be trained in ReactJS, VueJS, AngularJS, SASS, responsive design, accessibility, Rails, Go, NodeJS, NoSQL, MySQL advanced, Elasticsearch, Redis, OAuth, and more.

The goal of Holberton School’s education is beyond teaching a specific programming language or framework. Holberton seeks to teach students about the core learning and problem-solving they will use throughout their careers.

To learn more, visit the Holberton School website.

Subjects:
CSS, HTML, jQuery, MySQL, Database Management, NoSQL, Python, Object Oriented Programming (OOP), Vue.js, React.js, AngularJS, Node.js, JavaScript, DevOps, Front-End Web Development

Low Level & Algorithms

Duration: 104 weeks
Locations: Tulsa, Bogota, Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla, San Juan, Lima, Quito, Montevideo, Lille, Laval, Toulouse, Tunis, Beirut
In-person Only
Course Description:

This program is designed specifically to help anyone who can pass our admissions process learn the skills they need to become experts in Low Level & Algorithms and Software Engineering.

Holberton School education starts with the Foundations program: A 9-month On-Site Intensive program, which covers Python, Object-Oriented Programming, databases, Front-end development, Javascript, HTML/CSS, JQuery, as well as System-engineering, DevOps, and more.

After Foundations, Students will specialize in Low Level & Algorithms. This program will help students dive even deeper into C, as well as Linux kernel (signal, thread, file stream, IPC, ELF, etc.), advanced trees, graph, pathfinding, cryptography, block mining, blockchain, and more.

The goal of Holberton School’s education is beyond teaching a specific programming language or framework. Holberton seeks to teach students about the core learning and problem-solving they will use throughout their careers.

To learn more, visit the HolbertonSchool website.

Tuition: Deferred

Subjects:
Linux, CSS, HTML, jQuery, Python, Object Oriented Programming (OOP), Algorithms, JavaScript, DevOps, C, Front-End Web Development

Machine Learning

Duration: 104 weeks
Locations: Tulsa, Bogota, Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla, San Juan, Lima, Quito, Montevideo, Lille, Laval, Toulouse, Beirut
In-person Only
Course Description:

This program is designed specifically to help anyone who can pass our admissions process learn the skills they need to become experts in Machine Learning and Software Engineering.

Holberton School education starts with the Foundations program: A 9-month On-Site Intensive program, which covers Python, Object-Oriented Programming, databases, Front-end development, Javascript, HTML/CSS, JQuery, as well as System-engineering, DevOps, and more.

After Foundations, Students will specialize in Machine Learning. This program covers the fundamentals of neural networks, supervised learning, unsupervised learning, reinforcement learning, Tensorflow and Keras frameworks, language and visual processing, SQL and NOSQL databases, and how to scrape and label datasets while avoiding human biases.

The goal of Holberton School’s education is beyond teaching a specific programming language or framework. Holberton seeks to teach students about the core learning and problem-solving they will use throughout their careers.

To learn more, visit the HolbertonSchool website.

Tuition: Deferred

Subjects:
CSS, HTML, jQuery, NoSQL, Python, Machine Learning, Object Oriented Programming (OOP), SQL, JavaScript, DevOps, Front-End Web Development

Holberton School Reviews

Average Ratings (All Programs)

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4.48/5 (84 reviews)

Anonymous
Graduated: 2021

4/4/2021

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Full-Stack Software Engineering

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"i totally regret signing the contract"

they don't care about their students, the curriculum is outdated and full of bugs and typos and after 5 years it still feels half done with nobody to fix it. i don't expect this school to exist in the future, they don't intend to. all they care about... Read More

Anonymous
Electric engineer | Graduated: 2020

8/12/2020

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Full-Stack Software Engineering

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"Terrible experience"

I'm currently a Holberton student on third trimester. The experience is really bad. The money is not worth it. Let me begin with something, they don't teach you anything, you have to learn for yourself, they just make a plan for each topic and you have... Read More

Anonymous
Graduated: 2019

3/6/2020

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"School prioritizes expansion over student experience"

I attended Holberton school from January to October 2018 after a close friend attended for free as part of their first cohort. My review has a lot of negative and positive points but ultimately, my choice led to a successful career change, but not without... Read More

Because I was in the 5th cohort and based on the enthusiastic marketing I thought that the problems my friend experienced would be worked out, as they were in a new location, had many seemingly successful graduates and had expanded their staff. Instead I found a rigorous but partially complete curriculum with a lot of typos they made the students responsible for catching and reporting. I eventually gave up reporting errors to the staff because it was getting in the way of my project work. It may not seem like a big deal, but when you don't understand the vocabulary and technology, poorly translated and misspelled curriculum makes the "Google it" curriculum difficult to follow, because you don't know when it's an error or just a term you're not familiar with. The staff told me in one on one meetings that copy editing was not in the budget, but in the months since I left Holberton school, they've expanded to something like 8 more campuses. In the end, though, I went from having a little command line and CSS experience to being able to get some stuff running in C, which impresses people who think all boot camps are front end scripting only.

I got to know some of the students in their advertising posters and learned that they were using at least one of them with the caption "I am a software engineer" while they were still a student at the school, and the photos they used were taken by another student. Both of those students have successfully found jobs since then. When promotional photos were taken at the school they made up a reason for everyone to be on campus that day without telling us ahead of time that photographers and videographers would be on site. Then they singled out the only students of color in the entire building and featured them prominently in advertising, but the actual student body did not reflect their claims of diversity. Every student in those pictures is now among Holberton's biggest critics. Other students told me they felt people of color were not only overlooked but often more discouraged than their white peers, and when I brought this concern to the student support staff, they literally told me I was experiencing "group think." When I launched a campaign to have a sexist quote removed from the wall of the school, their response was to ask me repeatedly to remove the online petition and then they retaliated by speaking to the CTO of my company about it. To their credit, they did remove the quote but feigned ignorance as to why it would be offensive.

Lastly, I am one of the students who came to Holberton with the most information about what I was getting myself into, but found through talking to my peers that they were led to believe certain things about the curriculum and the payment structure that were different when they actually experienced the program. I got an internship through my company's connection to the school, but this only happened for a handful of the 54 people who started with my cohort, the rest were put into an extremely rigorous job hunting process that I think was devised to cover Holberton if hiring numbers didn't meet expectations. If someone couldn't find a job, it would be easy to say, "Oh well that person didn't send out x number of cold applications every week and we expelled them". Other examples are the advertised 3 year payment period (it's actually 3.5 years whether you get an internship or not), the second year specialization curriculum (more marketing fodder than practical expansion on the roles students actually end up in and from what I understand not entirely complete). The supposedly very selective application process was probably the biggest shock to me. I spent a lot of time on my application, especially the essay, only to find out that the entire process is automated to the point that they never read, watch, or view anything you submit and they accept basically everyone who completes the application. some people in my cohort were accepted along with everyone in the room at their "group interview." But after making huge sacrifices to come to Holberton, often moving, borrowing money, quitting jobs, etc. many of us tried to stay the course anyway. I tracked most of the people who completed the first 9 months and excepting the drop outs and people who were expelled, a majority of people *did* get some kind of tech job, but opinions vary on how much of a hand Holberton had in making it happen.

Ultimately, as stated before, I got a job after going to Holberton but the tuition cost is twice that of my bachelor's degree. I told myself in the beginning that this would be offset by Holberton being incentivized to make sure I got a job, only to find out that they accept everyone who applies and charge them the full 17% for 3.5 years if they complete even a fraction of the whole program whether they get a tech job or not. I could have gone back to my pre-holberton job and still technically owe them the money, which I imagine was part of their business plan in the first place.

Anonymous
Graduated: 2019

1/20/2020

Course
Full-Stack Software Engineering

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"Not worth the money!"

Notice how most of these glowing reviews are from students who are still in the program. They have not yet experienced the lack of school support in the job search and the absurdity of the year 2 curriculum. Plus, Holberton School offers gift cards to... Read More

I graduated from Holberton School and was able to get a job. However, looking back at how much it costs compared to other alternatives and how nonexistent the job support was, it is definitely not worth the money.

I did everything by myself to find a job. There was no such thing as school support or a supportive professional network. If you’re looking for that, DO NOT come here. Need more proof? My cohort started with ~34 students and ended up with ~15 students. After our first year graduation, only 9 of us have jobs after 6 months. How is that for student support?

The cost of Holberton can come up to $85000 for a pitiful one year curriculum and a useless second year curriculum. The first year curriculum is basically all free URL links you can find yourself and the second year curriculum is of poor quality. Please do yourself a huge favor and choose another place (college or another boot camp). Think about it - 85K is worth more than a Masters at a top level graduate school! Do you think it’s worth it for a curriculum that basically links you to free online websites?

Please, please, please do not make the mistake I made. Even though I was able to get a job, I deeply regret my decision and hope to prevent others from doing the same.

Anonymous
Graduated: 2018

1/9/2020

Course
Full-Stack Software Engineering

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"I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this school."

I decided to write a review because I do not want anybody else to be fooled by the marketing and social media and billboard branding. Especially if you are younger and have the option of doing college and getting a wholesome education.

Please search thoroughly... Read More

The Curriculum:
Firstly, there are no teachers and mentors. It's you and your cohort and some TA's who were previously former students. In this regard, it felt more like a bootcamp to me than a school. You can spin it in a positive way and say that's a good thing because you need to be able to teach yourself anyways when you're out in the workforce as engineering is a lifelong journey. There was a catchphrase that the founders passed on to the community which was "Learn how to learn." I do not agree completely with this. Even in engineering, you do need a teacher, especially if you're starting out. You do need to be able to think things through and code on your own, but you also do need experienced professionals who can teach you and help you improve. You will not get this from a cohort of peers, the quality is different. I personally found myself learning more on the job with engineers at all skill levels who were able to help me grow.

Some parts of the first year curriculum itself were actually pretty good. Like what the other reviews said, for the first year, you go through the basics in a curriculum covering C Programming, Python and Flask development, web fundamentals, and DevOps. I would not call the curriculum project-based though, there were only four real projects: making your own printf function, making a simple shell, making a very bare-bones AirBnB web app clone, and a final project of your choice. These project were great and got you to work with partners and emphasized teamwork. However, the rest of the curriculum were simple questions asking you to write a single function or make a rectangle with features from object-oriented programming. While these types of questions are also important and necessary, I would never consider it project-based. The DevOps portion itself was a complete joke and barely scratched the surface. I found I could just follow docs and simple Nginx, Apache, and YouTube tutorials to finish the DevOps assignments. Holberton's own learning concepts were unoriginal and scarce and they will tell you to google for the learning concepts. You will find yourself questioning many times why you even need Holberton since you can just google, youtube, and read docs on your own without them telling you to. The curriculum material also isn't proprietary and you could easily find a lot of the same type of content in Udemy and Udacity courses.

I have no comment on Holberton's second year as I have never done it and never will. To sum it up, you will learn and get better, but it's because of you and the time and effort you put into your passions, learning, and building and not because of the school.

The Student Experience:
One of the things that I strongly agree with the positive reviews: you get to meet a lot of cool, smart, and ambitious people in your cohort and Holberton did a good job with community network building. It's what got a lot of people to stay with the school.

There was also a lot of blatant favoritism at the school when I was there. You were able to see that if you were a woman, LGBT, or French, you would be receiving a lot more visibility and help from the staff and the founders. I have no problems with giving out help to underrepresented groups. It's very true, the software industry is very unfair and unbalanced and I do believe there needs to be more representation and collaboration from more groups and people from all different backgrounds and walks of life. But during my time at Holberton, I personally felt shunned and ignored and I know some of my former peers felt the same way. I have heard that the school has listened to this and masked the favoritism more now.

The Cost:
To put it simply, the school is very expensive and not worth the cost. The ISA is very expensive and you will be paying the bill for three and a half years to a third party company. I personally felt I didn't get the value I needed out of the school. I can honestly say to myself that I could have gotten my current job without the school. Remember, in SWE it's ultimately about your ability and presentation.

Conclusion:
All in all, the school is trying to improve. Alongside the marketing and community building, there are apparently more TA's than before and they're listening a lot more to student feedback. I still would not recommend the school to anybody given the costs and alternatives. Please look at all your options for education. Teach yourself introductory programming and web technologies and see if you enjoy it before going anywhere. Even App Academy has a completely free and very extensive online curriculum now that you could try out. Try building things on your own, especially things that you enjoy, this industry rewards those qualities heavily. As mentioned before, it will ultimately be your ability. If you need more, please look for a cheaper bootcamp. If you need a strong education, please look into a two-year or four-year college (onsite or online), get FAFSA, and have a traditional schooling experience. Explore your options.

Anonymous
Graduated: 2019

12/11/2019

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Full-Stack Software Engineering

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"challenge accepted"

My experience at the moment is positive, the weekly challenges have allowed me to grow in my soft skills and also develop the logic necessary to understand any language that in the future I want or need to learn. There is still a way to go in the program,... Read More

Carolina Andrade
Graduated: 2019

11/25/2019

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Full-Stack Software Engineering

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"My experience in Holberton School"

From my experience, Holbeton is a great challenge. You are exposed to constant change and that requires you to learn quickly. Holberton connects you with people from all areas, journalists, designers, lawyers, engineers ... all looking for the same goal:... Read More

Rodrigo Cruz
Graduated: 2019

11/25/2019

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"A life changing experience"

I am way over 40. Even having a industrial engineering degree my perspective of having a good job was not fulfilled. Now, after attending HS in Bogota I can say i got a dreamed job. All the learning and the process (which is not easy at all) helped me... Read More

Paula Andrea Gutiérrez
Graduated: 2019

11/21/2019

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Full-Stack Software Engineering

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"My Expirience at Holberton School Colombia"

Today I'm going to talk about my experience at (Maybe the best decision I've ever take in my life) Holberton School Bogotá, Colombia. First of all, let me explain who am I shortly: I'm a Philosopher from the National Pedagogic University of Colombia,... Read More

Last year I thought, I would like to start a new thing, thinking in my life, my family, people who I love and people with whom I like to share moments. And these kinds of things made me understand that I needed to start again, then an angel, who always thinks in the best way for me, told me about Holberton School, and they were just starting a new site in Bogotá. In those days I thought this is just a lie, then I start to search more and more info, two weeks before the deadline of the exams finish. I said to me: "I going to try it, and I hope I could do it". Then I was just going out of my job, It was a Saturday when Andres Barreto call me to said to me: "the program starts this Monday, are you ready? the program is really hard", then I was happy, all I could answer that day was: "Yes, I'm ready, thank you so much".

I'm not going to lie, we were the first cohort at Holberton School Colombia, we were a kind of experiment testing if it could work. But, even in that way, this was the best experience I could ever have. Base on my experience (Now, that I'm just finishing the first year) I say: The curriculum is true? Yes, it is true, now I know a lot of things about programming, not only low-level programming but high and very soon not only OOP but functional programming. It is the magic of Holberton they give us tools, we learn how to use it, they give us a great team, we just need to keep in mind learning how this industry works. But, this is not all, Holberton School, (Maybe it could be at every part where you could find them) is a great family, in just 9 months you will be part of great people, who always want that each one of their peers learns in the same level. This is magic, nobody cares if you know or don't, and the reason is really simple, we can learn even more if we try it as a team.

Probably, this is all that I can say, it could depend on each perspective, this is mine. All that I can say is that this space let me learn about programming and soft skills (Things that companies want), but not only this, I meet great people, friends, geeks, nerds like me, it is really one of the most valuable experiences that I have. Thanks to Andres Barreto and that call, also the great team of Holberton Colombia, and a big hug to my friends from Holberton Colombia, also you the one who read this (Basically for take the time for reading all this).

J&N
Graduated: 2019

11/20/2019

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Full-Stack Software Engineering

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"No words for this🤯🤯🤯"

Here you will learn from low to high level programming, you don't need any background the methodology give you that plus.
Also You will learn how to learn a language in a short time so you will be able to code in any kind of language or framework when... Read More

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