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Learn to code and change the game

Zero teachers, zero classes, zero tuition fees and no prior coding experience needed. Applications are closed!!

Innovating coding education.

grit:lab is a tech school located on the Åland Islands. Project-based curriculum, collaborative environment and a hands-on, solution oriented approach to learning – the 24-month grit:lab program will equip you with the most in-demand skills in tech.

100% project-based

We believe in solving problems hands on – this is why grit:lab is 100% practical and project-based. Zero classes and no run-of-the-mill, outdated curriculum: with us, you’ll prepare yourself for the real deal.

Teacher-free zone

Ever heard of a school without teachers? Welcome to grit:lab! You’ll explore the world of coding in close collaboration with your peers and learn from both your failures and successes.

Gamified experience

The learning process at grit:lab is based on levels, scores and an overall gamified experience. Using all the key elements of gaming, you’ll be able to see your progress in real time.

Life on and around the grit:lab campus.

Discovering hidden gems around the world is your thing? Then studying at grit:lab on the Åland Islands may be right up your alley. Our campus offers the highest technology and inspiring offices – and just so happens to be surrounded by some of Northern Europe’s most beautiful views.

How it works.

Phase 1: Application & Selection

To apply to grit:lab you don’t need any prior coding experience. The only prerequisites are that you are least 18 years old, want to grow and are motivated to challenge yourself during this 2-year experience.

1 monthEnglishOn locationFree accommodation

Online cognitive games

Your application starts with two online cognitive games that will challenge your logical thinking skills and require about 2 hours of your undivided attention. After this, we will select up to 150 people out of all the test participants and invite you to the 4-week Piscine on the Åland Islands.

Piscine (4-week intro)

The 4-week Piscine on the Åland Islands consists of an intensive and inspiring introductory period where you’ll find out if grit:lab is right for you. You’ll immerse yourself in the world of coding, team work and collective creativity. This process gives you a solid starting point for the rest of the program and lets you get into the specific mindset you need in order to excel in tech.

Start the grit:lab journey

Out of all the Piscine participants, up to 70 students will be selected and invited to start their journeys at grit:lab. Congratulations and welcome to the Åland Islands!

Phase 2: Foundational learning

During phase 2, you’ll put your new knowledge gained from the Piscine experience to good use and start your journey towards becoming a full-stack software developer.

18 monthsOn locationNo tuition

Project-based learning

By the end of phase 2, you’ll have completed well over 50 projects and be proficient in Javascript, Go, and Rust/Java. Your stack might also include languages such as C, C++, Ruby on Rails, PHP, and Python – preparing you to work in any programming environment.

Partner network

Studying at grit:lab will provide you with the opportunity to meet and connect with key people in the Åland tech industry.

Hackathons and meetups

Our philosphy at grit:lab is that collaboratively solving problems pushes people to excel. This is why you’ll regularly get to challenge yourself and your group by participating in various hackathons and coding meetups.

Phase 3: Final specialization

During phase 3, you will choose an area you want to specialize in. You’ll get to pick and choose from a variety of fields to fully prepare you for your dream career.

6 monthsOn locationNo tuition

Industry-relevant expertise

Game development, AI, DevOps peak your interest? Or are mobile/web app development and cyber security more to your liking? Pick and choose which field is right for you – our areas of specialization are always up to date and relevant for tomorrow’s markets.

After grit:lab

After completing the grit:lab experience, you’ll have gained a future-proof set of skills, become part of a flourishing network on the Åland Islands and further developed your mindset and creativity, allowing you to quickly adapt and perform in all fields of the tech industry.
Apply now to be part of a life-changing, challenging and inspiring journey.

When can I start?

Program duration: 24 months

Student grants: Eligible

Tuition: Free

Current program: 31.08.2022 – 30.08.2024

Next application: 01.12.2023 – 31.01.2024 (2-hour online test)

Next Piscines: April Piscine: 3-26.04.2024 / May Piscine: 5-28.05.2024

Next program: September 2024 – August 2026

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