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FAQ's

What is Spiced Academy?

We’re an education company in Germany offering 12-week programs in Data Science and Full Stack Web Development.

Who is on the team?

Please refer to our About Us section to learn more!

Where are you located?

We have locations in Berlin, Hamburg, and Cologne. For more information about our campuses, check out the corresponding programs page.

How are you different from other programs?

Our courses are project-based and focused on equipping you with the skills and tools you’ll need in the real world as a data scientist or web developer. On top of that, our careers services give you a tailored, dedicated program that prepares you personally and professionally for what’s ahead.

Curriculum

How do you decide what to teach?

Our programs are based on real-world experience from our lead instructors Dr. Kristian Rother and David Friedman. Using their vast experience as developers and data scientists in industry-leading companies, they’ve crafted programs that are flexible up-to-date and meet the demands of the market.

How is the program structured?

Each course consists of approx. 50 to 80 hours of online prep work and an assessment on your own followed by a 12-week program on-site. Additionally, there is a 6-week self-study period that follows after graduation.

Who are the instructors?

Our CTO / Head Coach is David Friedman. David is a web developer with over 20 years of experience at some of the leading technology companies in San Francisco and New York. Our Lead Instructor of Data Science is Dr. Kristian Rother. Kristian earned his PhD at the Humboldt Universität Berlin and has worked six years as a professional trainer and delivered courses throughout Europe.

What programming languages do you teach?

In our Full Stack Web Development Program we focus on JavaScript. For our Data Science Program, we focus on Python. Please visit the respective program pages (Full Stack or Data Science) to learn more.

Student Background & Eligibility

What do I need to know before applying?

While there are no specific requirements for our courses, a willingness to learn and a lot of motivation will go a long way to ensuring your success. If you’re moving from another country and need a visa, start the visa application process at least 3 months in advance of the start of the onsite program.

Do I have to have any coding experience before I apply?

For our Full Stack Web Development program, we do not require coding experience, but we do like to see that you have a genuine interest and motivation to learn how to program. Our Data Science program requires a familiarity with mathematical concepts.

How can I increase my chances of being accepted into the program?

It doesn’t matter if you have a million ideas in your head, we want to hear your motivations for learning. You should be able to demonstrate your desire to become a web developer or data scientist. Have you tried your hand at any online classes? Read any books? Dabbled with code on your own? Let us know!

Admissions

Is there an application fee and is it refundable?

Yes, there is an application fee of EUR 800,- which is incorporated in the tuition payment and due according to the payment option you choose. It is not refundable.

How far in advance should I apply?

You can apply as far in advance as you would like. We recommend that you submit your application at least 45 days in advance of your desired start date, so that you have sufficient time to work on our pre-work and pass our assessment.

How does the application process work?

Once you submit your application via our website, you will attend a 30-minute chat with a member of the Spiced admissions team. The purpose of the chat is to get to know you, your background, your goals, and give you a chance to ask us questions.

How can I guarantee acceptance into Spiced Academy?

Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee anyone acceptance - but a lot of motivation and willingness to learn are key.

Tuition & Payment

What if I need to leave? Is there a refund?

If you decide to leave within the first week of the on-site program, you will be refunded the entire tuition amount minus the EUR 800,- registration fee. If you decide to leave after the first week, you’ll receive a tiered refund. You will not receive any refund on or after week 4.

How much does Spiced Academy cost?

Our Full Stack Web Development tuition is 7.800€ and our Data Science tuition is 9.800€.

When do I have to pay my tuition?

The entire tuition amount is due 14 days prior to starting the on-site program. Installment plans or financing options are available -- Get in touch to learn more.

Are there any loan options?

Yes, we do offer financing options or an installment plan. Get in touch to learn more.

Do you offer scholarships?

Unfortunately, no, we do not currently offer scholarships. However, if you’re registered as unemployed in Germany, you could be eligible for a training voucher from the Agentur fur Arbeit. Learn more about that here.

Can I pay my tuition in installments?

Yes, we do offer an installment plan. Get in touch to learn more.

What payment methods do you accept?

We only accept bank transfers -- instructions will be sent to you once you sign the Student Agreement.

Prep Course

What is the online Prep Course?

Both our programs require that you complete a prep course and assessment on your own before the course starts. This ensures that you and your classmates are on the same footing when you start the onsite course. To learn more detail about the prep course for your chosen program, head on over to the Programs page.

What type of support will I get during the Prep Course period?

You are welcome to email us while you’re going through the pre-work for any quick questions.

After the Program

What happens after I graduate from the program?

Once you’ve graduated, the fun begins! Graduates can come into Spiced for 6 weeks after graduation to continue their work, prepare for interviews, and get help with their code. At the same time, they’ll begin their job search in earnest.

How long will it take to find a job post graduation?

There is no one answer to this -- it depends on many factors such as your criteria for the job you want, how well you do on the interviews, whether or not you find a team that you like, and so on.

What type of jobs do your graduates typically take?

Our graduates typically end up across many different industries, roles, and cities. One popular role is Junior Full Stack Engineer or Junior Data Analyst at a startup in Berlin, Germany.

How much would I earn after graduating Spiced Academy?

The answer to this depends on a variety of factors such as the industry you’ll work in, your background and experiences, the city you end up, and other factors.

What is it like to be a graduate of the academy?

As a graduate, you get to be a valued member of our Spiced global community. You’ll get invited to our events, be notified of partner events, and may even be invited to do a guest lecture for our students!

Student Experience

How can I schedule a tour of Spiced Academy?

We’d love to meet you in person and show you around our offices! Get in touch by sending an email to info@spiced-academy.com

Is accommodation and food provided?

No, we do not provide accommodation or food. We do have a housing and visa guide to navigate the process of finding a place to live. And as always, you can reach out to us with questions anytime.