How much would a coding Bootcamp really cost in Japan?

I was wondering how much financial commitment is really involved in joining a coding bootcamp.

A coding bootcamp typically involves not working and studying full-time for 9-12 weeks to devote all your time to learning programming.

There are two big coding bootcamps that opened in Japan over the past two years:

  1. Le Wagon
  2. Code Chrysalis

I am not seeking to assess their contents and benefits here, just the money matters of studying full-time in Tokyo, Japan.

Note: All numbers below are based upon publicly available information at the time of writing and current exchange rates.

Tuition Fees

Le Wagon Code Chrysalis
Tuition ¥790,000 ¥1,030,000
US Dollars $7,031 $9,167
British Pound Sterling £5,372.00 £7,004.00

The Le Wagon course is 9 weeks, whereas the Code Chrysalis course is 12 weeks. So, their weekly tuition is actually pretty similar:

Le Wagon Code Chrysalis
Weekly Tuition ¥87,778 ¥85,833

How much money would I actually need, though?

If we assume you have a rent of 70,000 yen and bills of 10,000 yen and put aside 4000 yen per day for travel and expenses:

Le Wagon Code Chrysalis
Living Expenses ¥252,000 ¥336,000
Rent ¥175,000 ¥210,000
Bills ¥25,000 ¥30,000
Total Expenses ¥452,000 ¥576,000
Grand Total ¥1,242,000 ¥1,606,000
US Dollars $11,054 $14,293
British Pound Sterling £8,445.60 £10,920.80

And, if you do get a job immediately after graduation, it will still be one more month before you receive your first months wages. So, you will need to keep aside at least two months living expenses.

That would make the grand total:

Le Wagon Code Chrysalis
Grand Total ¥1,642,000 ¥2,006,000
In US Dollars $14,614 $17,853
British Pound Sterling £11,165.60 £13,640.80

I think it is not possible to work during the bootcamps as their are so intensive and need your full time and focus in order to succeed during them.

I’d say that’s a pretty big financial commitment. Comparatively, a year of university study tuition fees can be up to £9,250 in the U.K.

Is it possible for me?

I definitely can’t answer that – it depends on how much you have in savings, how much passive-income you make and many other factors.

However, Code Chrysalis note on their website that you can discuss financing options with them, though.

Is it worth it?

Another question I can’t answer. I did these calculations purely out of curiosity.
There are a lot of YouTube videos, Quora questions, and reddit threads online talking about whether bootcamps are worth it or not.

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Le Wagon

I went abroad for two weeks during August. Upon returning I caught a bad cold and was recovering. So August has flown by without much progress in my programming and coding journey.

However, on my lunch breaks at work in August I have been following a list of pre-requisites for coding bootcamp, Le Wagon.

Le Wagon is a coding school founded in France in 2013. It recently came to Tokyo in 2016 and has opened in Kyoto this year.

They run a full-time 9 week course to take you from being a beginner to a junior full-stack developer.

In June I attended one of their beginner workshops for UI design and watched one of their Demo Days. I was impressed with their way of explaining things clearly and concisely and also a friendly, open atmosphere.

They have some things you should do before applying or starting the course.

Le Wagon recommends:

  1. Study a list of pre-requisite lectures.
  2. Do the pre-requisite readings and videos.
  3. Complete the Ruby track on Codecademy.

I thought this would be a good way to learn some foundational knowledge for my own development, whether or not I would ever have a chance to join their bootcamp.