FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Question: I can’t afford the tuition. What should I do?
Answer: Apply! Scholarships, loans, and other financial relief are available.
Question: I registered for your program. When will I receive the ‘Next Steps’ email?
Answer: Our goal is to push the ‘Next Steps’ email to you within a week of your application. As we are receiving lots of applications, this could potentially take longer so please be patient.
Question: My English is poor. Do I stand of chance of succeeding in your program?
Answer: It is possible but not likely. On a scale of 1 to 5 where 1 = ‘Poor ‘ and 5 = ‘Fluent’, listening comprehension should be at least a 3. Reading comprehension should be at least 3.5. If you are struggling to read this, you should take a few months, work on your English, and then apply.
Question: I applied for the program previously. Do I have to redo all the assessments and ‘Next Steps’?
Question: The Debarah ad said the program is free, but your web page says there is tuition. Which is it?
Answer: Sorry, the Debarah ad is INCORRECT. The program is NOT free. Tuition for Phase 1 ‘Prep’ is 900 JD. Tuition for Phase 2 ‘Immersive’ is 4,000 JD. Tuition must be paid up front prior to each phase. Financing, deferred plans, and need-based scholarships are available.
Question: I am a refugee. 4,900 JD is a lot of money. Why so expensive?
Answer: First, the cost for this same education and support in the United States is 20,000 JD. Next, consider the return on your investment. RBK’s training yields a lifetime earning potential of US $1 million locally and US $6 million internationally. Further, compare this 4 month program at 5K JD to a 4 year college degree program which will cost 20K+ JD without the guarantee of employment upon completion. Immersive training is very expensive requiring two shifts of instructional staff per cohort. Whereby traditional training uses one instructor, RBK’s provides a team of 8-10 in the classroom and another 6 staff behind the curtain to maintain the highest standards. Keeping students on site for 12+ hours requires providing 3 meals a day over the course of the 4 months. This as well as transportation is included in the tuition.
Question: I heard that Phase 1 is competitive and not all those completing this phase will be accepted into Phase 2. Is this correct?
Answer: Yes. 50 persons will be selected for the first phase. After Phase 1 ‘Prep’, there will be a summary assessment and another interview. 30 participants will be selected for Phase 2 Immersive.
Question: How difficult is this program really?
Answer: Extremely difficult! Of the 36 students surveyed in our first pilot, 35 admitted this is the hardest program they have ever experienced. Emotionally, physically, and intellectually they have never felt so deeply challenged. It’s called ‘bootcamp’ for a reason.
Question: Rumor has it that some students in the current cohort were kicked out for using Facebook during class. Is this true?
Answer: Not exactly but close. We ask our students to make RBK their single point of focus for 4 months. This means shutting down your social networks and telling your family goodbye for the duration of the program. Those who fail to do this will not survive the immersive phase.
Question: Is this program really 16 hours a day?
Answer: The minimum daily effort required to keep pace with the curriculum materials and complete basic requirements is 12 hours per day. To complete the advanced requirements of the program requires 3-4 more hours per day of effort.
Question: What are my chances of getting a job after graduating from RBK?
Answer: 100%. We have orders from our local hiring partners for over 300 software engineers in the next 2-3 years. It does not matter your nationality or residency status.
Question: I am an Iraqi refugee. Is this program for Syrian refugees only?
Answer: No! The current cohort has multiple refugees from Iraq, Syria, Palestine, and Yemen. RBK accepts all nationalities and does NOT discriminate on the basis of religious affiliation, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identification, or physical ability. In fact, RBK is committed to diversity and encourages those of historically discriminated classes to apply. This includes religious and ethnic minorities, atheists, LGBT individuals, and the physically disabled.
Question: I am a refugee. Is the program free for me?
Answer: No. If we charged the hosts (Jordanians) and let the refugees in for free, we would be run out of the country fast. Student loans are available as well as some need-based scholarships. Additionally, some students may qualify for financing options which will allow you to defer payment until you are employed.
Question: Other training programs are much cheaper. What is the value of RBK compared to these programs?
Answer: RBK is the only immersive career accelerator in the Middle East. We are using Hack Reactor’s curriculum – the Gold Standard in bootcamp education. Our graduates are hired not for their strong technical ability but for their strong soft skills and autonomous learning ability. Still, our graduates are technically superior to anything the universities in the region can produce. A common refrain heard again and again from our students: ‘I learned more in 4 months than I learned in 4 years!’
For further information, check out: http://www.hackreactor.com/outcomes
Question: How does RBK’s training compare to a traditional Computer Science or ICT degree from a local university?
Answer: There are currently 30,000 unemployed CS / ICT graduates in Jordan. With the exception of PSUT and JUST, the value of a local CS or ICT degree is zero. Not only do universities fail to train their students in how to build and deploy software, they also offer no soft skill or autonomous learning training – the two most important requirements of industry. Non-technical skills are the bedrock of our training and the main reason our graduates are most valuable to industry.
Hands-on hacking time during one’s tenure at a university amounts to a couple hundred hours across 4 years. The amount of hands-on hacking time during RBK’s 4 month program is over 1,000 hours. This directly translates into employment.
Question: I completed all the ‘Next Steps’. When will I hear if I get an interview?
Answer: It will take us 3-4 weeks to assess all the results and shortlist the applicants for interview. We appreciate your patience.
Question: I applied but did not get a ‘Next Steps’ email.
Answer: You likely submitted the wrong email address. Please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Possible Wrong Email Address
Question: What is RBK’s business model?
Answer: We are registered as non-profit corporation in California and Jordan.
Question: I am already software engineer. Would your program be of any value?
Answer: Can you write and deploy a production grade web application?
Do you have strong soft skills? Are you super creative? A great problem solver and out-of-the-box thinker? An effective communicator with acute listening skills?
Do you have over 1,000 hours of pair programming experience?
Are you an autonomous learner?
Finally, do you already have a GREAT job in the in the software industry?
If the answer to all these questions is Yes!, then RBK will be of little value.
Question: When is my interview?
Answer: Only candidates meeting our basic admission requirements will be scheduled for an interview. You can increase your chances for interview by:
– Following the directions in the ‘Next Steps’ email including submitting ALL the requested information in ONE reply email.
– Being honest in completing the assessments.
Question: I replied to Next Steps but have not heard anything from RBK. What’s up?
Answer: Check your Sent Items folder. Find your reply to the ‘Next Steps’ email. Read Next Steps again. Did you submit ALL the requested information? Did you send the information in ONE email? If not, your response was likely ignored. This is because if you cannot follow simple directions, we have concerns about your ability to complete our training.
Question: What are the locations of the Amman and Mafraq programs?
Answer: RBK’s Amman program is located in the King Hussein Business Park in West Amman near City Mall.
The Mafraq program is located on the campus of Al albayt University.