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Coding Bootcamps in Portugal

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If you’re thinking about learning to code, why not learn in Portugal? Portugal, especially Lisbon where the majority of coding bootcamps are located, has great weather, a growing tech scene. It’s also just a fun place to spend a few months.

There are now several coding bootcamps in Portugal that’ll teach you everything that you need to get a job as a developer. In Portuguese salary terms, that would normally mean a starting salary of around 20-25k – considerably higher than the average Portuguese or even Lisbon salary, which is less than €1,000 per month.

Is a coding bootcamp right for you?

A bootcamp typically lasts around 9 weeks, and those 9 weeks are usually incredibly intensive. There’s also the price tag to consider: bootcamps cost several thousand euros, and that’s not including the cost of your accommodation and other expenses while you’re studying (note: you don’t always have to pay the entire course fee up-front). 

Those fees are expensive, but for many people it’s roughly the same price (or even cheaper than) a university degree. It’s also has a much higher job-hiring rate, and is a much faster process: a 9-week course is something that you could do over the summer break or right after university.

Coding bootcamps aren’t for everyone, though. Most coding bootcamps have an interview process where they try to determine if you’re a good fit and decide whether to accept your or not. If you do get rejected, you may want to consider the traditional route to a qualification instead.

Coding Bootcamps in Lisbon

Most coding bootcamps take place in Lisbon, which makes sense. It’s the Portuguese capital, the home of the Portuguese tech scene, and it’s where you’re most likely to get a job in tech in Portugal.

It’s also a fun place to be. There are some great tech meetups that you can get involved in, including one of the largest communities of digital nomads in the world.

Accommodation can be a little tricky, as rental prices have risen considerably in the past few years, but it’s always possible to rent a room if not an entire apartment.

Ironhack

Ironhack is one of the biggest coding schools, not just in Lisbon but in the world. As well as the Lisbon campus in Lisbon’s São Bento neighbourhood, Ironhack also has campuses in other parts of the world like Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, Miami, Paris, and São Paulo.

Most importantly: 90% of people who complete an Ironhack course get a job in the industry afterwards. 

Like most coding bootcamps, Ironhack’s focus is to get you into a job as soon as possible. The last week of the course is a hiring week and, during that week, you’ll interview with companies from Lisbon and across Portugal who are looking to hire developers (which you’ll be able to call yourself then). As Ironhack have campuses in other cities like Berlin and Amsterdam, you could attend the hiring week in one of those cities if you’d prefer to try and get hired by a company based there.

The course, which is available as both a full and part-time course, is a Full Stack Javascript course. It’s taught entirely in English and, in previous intakes, has seen a good mix of both male and female students.

To get into Ironhack, you’ll need to pass both a technical interview and a personal interview. The technical interview assesses whether you have what it takes to learn to code and the personal interview will determine whether you have what it takes to complete a bootcamp.

Ironhack have someone who’s dedicated to looking after the students’ well-being during the bootcamp but, ultimately, you do need to have the motivation and perseverance to complete the nine weeks. With a 90% hiring rate, though, you’ll definitely have something to keep you going. 

Scholarships & Discounts:

  • Portugalist Scholarship – Ironhack have kindly offered a 10% (€600) Portugalist scholarship. Simply mention Portugalist under the “how did you hear about us” section when you apply here
  • 10% scholarship for women (this can be used with the Portugalist scholarship, reducing the price a further €540 t0 €4860). 

Although the course costs around €6,000 (without taking into account the Portugalist scholarship), you don’t have to pay this all upfront. You can pay in installments during the bootcamp or up to 21 months after completing the bootcamp, i.e. once you have a job. Ironhack don’t charge interest on this payment plan. 

LeWagon

LeWagon is another big name in the coding bootcamp world. There are LeWagon campuses all over the world, including in London, Brussels, Copenhagen, Melbourne, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Tel Aviv, and, of course, Lisbon.

The Lisbon campus is situated near Marquês de Pombal and has a kitchen, lounge, and a terrace for catching some of that sunshine Portugal is so famous for.

During the course fullstack developer course, which is taught entirely in English, you’ll learn to program with Ruby on Rails and ES6 (Javascript), as well as to work with Github. You’ll work on your own project, which you’ll pitch and showcase at a public graduation day.

As with Ironhack, you’ll need to pass an interview to make sure that you have the technical and personal skills to complete the course.

Scholarships & Discounts:

  • Women in Tech: A 60% scholarship for women, aged 19 to 23, who have been resident in Portugal for more than 2 years.
  • Locals Scholarship: A €2000 scholarship for people who have been resident in Portugal for more than 6 months.

Academia de Código

Academia de Código offer coding bootcamps in Lisbon, Porto, Fundão (Castelo Branco), and Terceira (The Azores), with the main campus located in Lisbon.

The 14-week course, which is taught in Portuguese, takes you to junior fullstack developer level, focusing on Java and JavaScript. If you study at the Lisbon campus, you can expect to student with around 40 other students divided between 2 classes. Other campuses are likely to have much smaller classes.

Scholarships & Discounts:

Eddisrupt

Eddisrupt is a Lisbon coding bootcamp that promises to make you a fullstack javascript in 20 weeks. The focus is on developing apps for which you’ll learn node.js and, naturally, HTML and CSS as well.

While most coding bootcamps are 12 full-time courses, Eddisrupt is actually a part-time course. The course takes place during some evenings and one weekend day, allowing you to work or study at the same time.

It’s also cheaper than most coding bootcamps: while most cost around €6,000, Eddisrupt costs around €430 per month (less if you’re a student or unemployed). Over 20 weeks, that means the course is going to end up costing somewhere between €2,000 and €3,000 depending on the package you choose.

Scholarships & Discounts:

  • 100% course fees: Scholarships, paid for by local companies, are available for the best students. Contact Eddisrupt for more details.

EDIT. – Disruptive Digital Education

Edit runs coding bootcamps in Lisbon and Porto, as well as in international destinations like Madrid and São Paulo.

EDIT teaches a mixture of different courses, both coding bootcamps and as well as other courses in online marketing, analytics, user experience, and design. Most of the developer courses are part-time, and take place in the evenings or at weekends over 4-5 months.

The developer courses, which are taught in Portuguese, typically cost a little over €2,000 and, as they’re mostly part-time courses, would suit people who already live or study in Lisbon and Porto.

Scholarships & Discounts:

  • Prompt payment discount: A 5% discount for paying the course upfront rather than in installments.

Coding Bootcamps in Porto

Portugal’s second city, Porto, is passionately trying to develop its own tech scene. Although there are nowhere near as many coding bootcamps in Porto as there are in Lisbon, they are starting to open up.

Many people, particularly Portuguese people, prefer Porto to Lisbon, and may prefer to learn to code here instead. Living costs, particularly accommodation costs, are also much lower, and this factor alone may go a long way to attracting aspiring developers to Porto.

Creator’s School

Creator’s School offer a 9-week developer bootcamp at their campus in Porto. The course, which is taught in Portuguese, has a 75% practical to 25% theoretical split and is taught over 8-hour days. During that time, you’ll focus on learning either Ruby on Rails or NODE.JS and, of course, HTML and CSS.

While most coding bootcamps in Portugal cost around €6,000, Creator’s School is significantly cheaper at just over €2,000. Of course, whether it costs €2,000 or €6,000, the big question is whether they can get you a job?

According to their website, Creator’s School guarantee you “entry into the job market.” As you complete the course, they’ll work with you to improve your CV and make sure that it’s attractive to future employers.

Scholarships & Discounts:

  • Prompt payment discount: A 15% discount for paying the course upfront rather than in installments.

EDIT. – Disruptive Digital Education

See the “Coding Bootcamps in Lisbon” section for more information.

Academia de Código

See the “Coding Bootcamps in Lisbon” section for more information.

Last updated in March 2019.
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  1. Hello,

    My name is Fred.

    I have read with great interest your article.
    I am opening now a new programming BootCamp in Lisbon. Its called La Capsule.
    If you want to update your article I will gladly give you more details about our program.

    Abraços,

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