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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Coding summer school for kids in Koenji, Tokyo

I saw a computer school in Koenji, Tokyo which is advertising for a summer school for children.

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The flyer is advertising a course using a program like Scratch to teach block based programming to grade 1-4 elementary school  students.

It is a three hour course over two days (for a total of 6 hours) for 9,800 yen.
That’s about the same price as two day tickets for children to Tokyo Disneyland – whereas investing in their future and having them try out coding could be seen as a valuable experience.

The flyer also mentioned that being an IT engineer or programmer was the number one job that Japanese boys dreamed of becoming in 2017 – at 24% of children surveyed.

Unfortunately this course has already finished as the summer vacation period is coming to an end.

Accenture Digital Skills Free Courses

FutureLearn (a mass open online course site) is partnered with Accenture and they are providing a bunch of free accredited courses with no deadline (i.e. you get a certificate at the end that you can show with a transcript of what you studied and you can take as long as you like to do them).

Their digital skills courses include:

  • User Experience (UX)
  • Retail
  • Digital Marketing
  • Web Analytics
  • Grow your career
  • Social Media
  • Mobile

Each course takes 2-3 weeks to complete at 1-2 hours per week.

You can look at the details on their website here.

I’m particularly interested in the UX course (that’s how I found this series of courses).

I signed up for them all and I’ll update here about my progress with them and a review at the end.

My first job rejection!

It’s Monday and I was in my office today. I’ve been using my lunch breaks for the past week at work to study programming.

Today I was still working on the “Learn the Command Line” course on Codecademy – I’m 53% through now.

Today I learned about redirecting the input from commands.
This allows you to combine actions – for example, sorting a file into alphabetical order, then erasing duplicate entries in the list, then outputting it to a new file.

I also got my first ever rejection email from an IT related job (which is not a surprise, considering I have only been researching the IT field for about 2 months).

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I never thought I’d feel happy about a rejection – but I feel like it is a good thing for me.

I can see now I’m not good enough.

Each day I’m learning new things and the effort I put in will change my life.