4 weeks of coding

This is not another bootcamp. The Piscine lasts four weeks, including weekends, day and sometimes, night. You’ll be coding your heart out with other candidates, all hoping to earn the same prize: to enroll as a full-time student at Hive.

No experience required

We only ask that you can use a mouse and a keyboard. Everyone, regardless of background, will get hands-on tasks from day one, face the exact same challenges at the same time, and be pushed to collaborate with each other.

It’s not a competition

Collaboration is essential to thrive in the real world and so it is in Hive. The Piscine is not a competition. Instead, you work together and cooperate with other applicants. If everyone succeeds, we take everyone in. Statistically, about 1/3 of swimmers make it to Hive.

How it works

Applying to Hive Helsinki is quite different compared to other schools. In summary, it goes like this:

Try our online game.
Attend a check-in event to learn more about Hive and the application process.
Participate in our free boot camp, learn C coding fundamentals, and get selected to Hive!

The best part? Applying to Hive is not a competition. Instead, you work together with other applicants to learn the basics of programming.

Piscines 2024 are organized at Hive Helsinki campus in Kallio, Helsinki.
You need to be a EU-citizen or have a valid residence permit to study at Hive.

Coming up next


  • Wed 16.10, 14:00-16:00 on-site at Hive Helsinki campus (for upcoming Piscines in 2025)


  • Next date is yet to be announced


  • 24.06 - 19.07.2024 (fully booked)
  • 29.07 - 23.08.2024 (fully booked)
  • 02.09 - 27.09.2024 (fully booked)
  • Dates for 2025 are yet to be announced


  • Next cohort starts 28th of October 2024 (Students accepted from the summer piscines)

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