Java Training - Telerik Academy Alpha
Telerik Academy Alpha

Become a sought-after
Java Developer
in 6 months

Your Alpha journey to an IT career:
1. Fundamentals
Prepare for the Alpha entrance exam with us. Learn how
2. Admission
Based on your application, entrance exam results, and an interview
3. Alpha Program
Study in Alpha, the leading 6-month practical tech training
4. New Career
Graduate from Alpha with the skills to launch your junior dev career
Alpha outcomes

Transform your life

Telerik Academy Alpha will equip you with the tech and soft skills to jumpstart your IT career - the single most impactful step in your life.

  • Start with Zero programming skills, graduate as a developer
  • Open doors to diverse career paths
  • Improve your prospects and lifestyle
  • Enjoy quality work-life balance
Exam preparation

Prepare for Alpha. Learn how

Program duration

6 months, 100% focus on your studies to jumpstart a rewarding career


Monday - Friday (10:00 am - 2:00 pm). Start: Oct 7


40+ hrs/week, including time for self-preparation and teamwork activities


Learn in a small group, supported by 15+ professionals dedicated to your success


Conducted in Bulgarian, but all learning materials are in English

Career jumpstart

Java Developer, fully equipped for your IT career

Career webinar

Eager to learn more? Register for our career webinar on July 4!


Your fastest path to a fulfilling IT career

We’ll help you develop crucial programming skills for a lasting career as a Java Developer.

1Start as a beginner. Graduate as an IT professional Become a well-rounded IT professional with 800+ hours of practical training. Master the skills tech companies demand in not more than 6 months.
2100% hands-on. 100% job-ready Our practical assignments, workshops, hackathons and the final end-to-end project help you build solid tech skills you can use from day one at your new job.
3Always an expert by your side Our groups are intentionally kept small to ensure personalized attention from our experienced trainers. Benefit from a tailored training approach, consultations, and individualized development plans to support your learning journey.
4Your own professional-grade portfolio Build a strong portfolio of real-world projects with the latest technologies and frameworks. Showcase your skills and impress future employers.
5Cutting-edge tools Master the best programming practices and tools companies use. Collaborate effectively through Git and GitLab. Plan and schedule with Scrum and Kanban.
6Be a highly valued team member Refine your communication, teamwork, and personal skills with our expert soft skills trainers. Master the art of thriving in job interviews and various work environments.
7Strong community and lifelong friendships Study in a tight-knit group of motivated learners. Get mentored by people who have been in your shoes - our alumni. Create a career-boosting professional network.
8Real-world work environment Our program is created to mirror real-work environment, foster collaboration and accelerate your progress. For your convenience, it’s now online
9Career coaching up to 6 months after graduation From crafting an outstanding CV and sharpening your interview skills to launching and excelling at your new career – our soft skills trainers will guide you all the way through.
10Connect with top employers Gain access to our partner network, opening doors to various opportunities. Start your career within our strong partner network or beyond.

Is IT still the best career choice? Yes! 

Invest your time and skills into a sector pivotal for the future of all industries— a field destined for continuous growth. 

+14 000 new job openings expected by the end of 2025 (BASSCOM)
4-5 times the growth rate of Bulgaria's economy
2-3 times higher talent demand than Production, Trade, and Finance
2/3 of organizations still need to digitize - a promising field
years experience
job-seeking graduates
consider their Telerik Academy education a good investment
Why Choose Java

Why become a Software Developer with Java?

Java developers are among the most highly-paid and sought-after professionals. It is a future-proof career, where you can constantly learn and excel.


Java is a popular programming language used by 90% of Fortune 500 companies.

It’s a well-established and mature Object-Oriented Programming language for desktop, web and mobile apps and server backends. 

Learning a versatile language like Java means you’ll have an abundance of job opportunities in the IT sector.

Java is also the native language for Android - the most widespread operating system in the world. If you’re interested in mobile apps, mastering Java is a must. 

Is Alpha for you?

Alpha Java is for you, regardless of your background and experience. You only need to be: 

  • Motivated to launch your career in software development
  • Well-versed in Java fundamentals (variables, loops, conditions) - or we'll prepare you
  • With basic English language skills
  • 18 years of age or older

Can you solve these tasks in a limited amount of time?

Java Fundamentals:
start as an absolute beginner

Discover programming with our free Fundamentals course! No prior experience needed. Learn at your own pace with interactive materials and great support from trainers and instructor-led online live sessions. It's a risk-free way to see if coding is your passion and get ready for Alpha.

Zero coding experience needed - write your first lines with us
Basic computer skills desired: internet use and computer operation
Open to all backgrounds and experience levels
Basic English language proficiency
What you'll learn
  • How to ace the Alpha entrance exam
  • Programming basics, including variables, functions and loops
  • How to develop simple programs
  • Essential tools like Git, IDEs and more
  • How to use ChatGPT and Copilot for learning
How you'll learn
Start anytime with full access to self-paced materials, interactive lessons, a community of mentors, and optional but recommended instructor-led live online sessions.
Fundamentals course format
A hybrid format lets you learn at your own pace while benefiting from live practical sessions.
Instructor-led live sessions:
Join us for live online sessions outside working hours. Sessions schedule:
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm (weekdays) and 10:00 am - 12:30 pm (Saturdays)
  • Dates in July: 23, 27
  • Dates in Aug: 1, 10, 17, 24 and 31
  • Missed a session? Catch up with the recordings!
Self-paced learning:
Plan to spend 5-6 hours weekly on self-preparation with our comprehensive materials, which include:
  • 46 interactive lessons
  • 114 exercises
  • 1 project
  • 42 hours

Alpha application

1. Submit your online application. You’ll be automatically enrolled in the free Fundamentals course
2. Take a logical reasoning test, measuring your ability to learn and adapt
3. Sit our entrance exam using a language of your choice - Java, C#, JavaScript, C++, Python 
4. Admission is based on a holistic approach—your application is as important as your exam performance. We consider all aspects to ensure the best fit for our program
Important dates
Jul 16
Application Deadline
to sit the Early Bird Еxam
Jul 17
Early Bird 
entrance exam
Jul 23 - Aug 31
Fundamentals course
Instructor-led live sessions
Sept 10
deadline to sit the 
Final Еxam
Sept 11
Final Еxam
Oct 7
Alpha Starts
Apply now

Program details

  • Hands-on tech
  • Learning online
    from anywhere
  • Teamwork and
    soft skills boost
  • Five-week
    trial period
  • Career

Hands-on tech education


Every class is combined with hands-on assignments, workshops and projects. With 100% focus on practice, we create a learning experience tailored to your needs, where our trainers become your mentors.

Learning online from anywhere


Enjoy an unparalleled program from the comfort of your home. We transitioned every aspect online to keep the same renowned high-quality, engaging experience and hands-on training.

Teamwork and soft skills boost


To help you stand out from the candidate pool, we dedicate 20% of the program to polishing your personal and teamwork skills.

Five-week trial period


Our program sounds challenging, but it’s doable. Just try it yourself. With our five-week trial period, if you drop out at the beginning of the program, you don’t pay any tuition. Simple as that.

Career jumpstart


Get dedicated career coaching and have the freedom and confidence to start a job anywhere in the IT industry - within or beyond our network.

Industry-validated curriculum

Perfected over the years and validated with companies, our Alpha Java program prepares you for your first IT job.

  • 00Fundamentals
  • 01Weeks 1-2
  • 02Weeks 3-8
  • 03Weeks 9-12
  • 04Weeks 13-16
  • 05Weeks 17-19
  • 06Weeks 20-24
  • 07Graduation

Get ready to start the Alpha exam

Regardless of the Fundamentals course format (Self-paced or Instructor-led), you'll start coding in no time. You'll learn:

  • Programming basics, including variables, functions, and loops
  • How to develop simple programs
  • Essential tools like Git, IDEs, and more
  • How to use ChatGPT and Copilot for learning
  • How to ace the Alpha entrance exam
Learn more about Fundamentals

Java core

  • Build a solid Java foundation through pair programming
  • Use the most effective developer tools and workflows
  • Learn how to version your code with Git and share it with your team 

Turbocharged learning

  • Learn best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects
  • Start building smarter new habits and skills
  • Learn how to deal with procrastination effectively

Java OOP

  • Understand the core Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) principles
  • Start using objects and classes to better structure and update your code
  • Master the science behind writing high-quality code and unit testing

Teamwork and effective feedback

  • Improve your teamwork and collaboration
  • Get better at receiving and giving feedback
  • Learn how to work with people in different teams and with various skillsets


  • One week free of classes. You’ll be able to further strengthen your skills through self-preparation, individual and team assignments

Data structures and algorithms

  • Solve more complex problems with Java
  • Learn to use the right data structures for every scenario
  • Start writing recursive algorithms

Self-management and emotional intelligence

  • Understand how a growth mindset can boost your personal development
  • Improve your self-management and personal effectiveness
  • Learn how to leverage empathy and emotional intelligence to excel and grow


  • One week free of classes. You’ll be able to further strengthen your skills through self-preparation, individual and team assignments

Back-end web development

  • Learn the key data storage principles using relational databases and SQL
  • Understand the core web development concepts
  • Create your first REST API using Spring

Project management

  • Get acquainted with the best project management practices
  • Add widely popular methodologies such as Scrum and Kanban to your toolset

Front-end web development

  • Create dynamic web pages using HTML5, CSS3 and Spring MVC
  • Start building secure full-stack interactive applications using real-world data

Effective communication and problem solving

  • Enhance your communication skills, as they are crucial for every software developer
  • Learn useful tips and tricks on how to boost your critical thinking
  • Develop a systematic approach to problem-solving and master various problem-solving techniques


  • One week free of classes. You’ll be able to further strengthen your skills through self-preparation, individual and team assignments

Real-world project

  • Work in a small team and learn how to manage the entire development process
  • Create an end-to-end real-world web application from scratch
  • Apply common design and architectural patterns like MVC and REST
  • Practice version control and collaborative software development
  • Deploy your application to a production environment
  • Present your project in front of your peers, trainers, and industry experts

Accelerate your career

  • Get an inside look into the IT industry
  • Receive personalized guidance on creating a CV that will make you stand out
  • Prepare for job interviews with the help of our coaches


Congratulations! You’re now a Master Junior ninja, and ready to kick-start your career.

You will receive a Telerik Academy certificate – widely recognized in the IT industry in Bulgaria.

Career jumpstart services

We’ll guide you for up to 6 months after graduation to help navigate your job hunt and first months at work. 
  • Personalized feedback and expert review of your CV
  • Technical interview preparation
  • Career coaching on your job search strategy and career exploration 
  • Guidance - choosing the best place for you
  • Access to our strong partner network
  • Participation in our Demo Days
  • Bridge to mentors and alumni who share their tested job-hunting strategies
  • Access to practical career resources
  • Tips on how to rock the important first months on the job

Vast partner

Leading global and local
tech companies

100% freedom

Start anywhere in the
IT industry

Some of our partners through the years


    Your dedicated

    Passionate about teaching and devoted to helping people thrive – this is our stellar team supporting you.

    Stoyanka KarashtranovaStoyanka Karashtranova Technical Trainer
    Chavdar DimitrovChavdar Dimitrov Technical Trainer
    Boyan HadjievBoyan HadjievSoft Skills Trainer
    photo of natalia svetozarova a telerik academy alpha career coachNatalia SvetozarovaCareer Coach
    Snezhina_AndonovaSnezhina AndonovaProgram Coordinator

    Meet our alumni

    Our alumni jumpstart their careers in some of the best tech companies.

    I left my job to pursue a career in the IT industry. I had no time to waste, and Telerik Academy is the fastest and most effective way to become a developer. When you know that you are entering an important battle, you take your biggest weapon with you.

    Stanimir-kolev-1Stanimir Kolev 
    Marketing and Sales Expert, now Java Developer at CODIX Bulgaria.
    Read Stanimir’s story

    I’m extremely grateful to Telerik Academy for all the doors it opened for me. Working along with so many smart, talented and passionate professionals would’ve never been possible without the Academy.

    bilyana-georgievaBilyana Georgieva Graphic Designer, now Software Developer at Bending Spoons
    Read Bilyana’s story

    I feel much happier, and most importantly, in the right place! Everything that I have learned at the Telerik Academy Alpha program is valuable and above all – applicable in the real-life work environment.

    velina-antonovaVelina Antonova
    Freight Forwarding Agent, now Junior Java developer at Tinquin
    Read Velina’s story
    Apply now

    Portfolio projects

    By the end of your training, you’ll be able to create applications that are at least as good.


    Safe workspace portal

    This web portal helps multinational companies with a hot desk policy to improve their employees’ back-to-office experience after the COVID-19 lockdown. It considers elements such as teamwork, safety restrictions, the number of people infected in the country and more.


    Book library platform

    This library management app helps book lovers choose and seamlessly borrow and return books. It allows them to rate and leave reviews of the books they’ve borrowed as well as read and rate other reviews.


    Photo contest app

    Managing online photo contests has never been easier and more fun. Organizers can create and manage new contests, view past events and allow aspiring photographers to participate or assess other contestants. The best photos are displayed for everyone to see.

    Tuition model

    Joining Telerik Academy could be your single most important career investment - starting junior dev salaries range between BGN 1,600-2,300.

    Pay in installments after graduation Pay in full upfront
    - BGN 500*

    Regular price BGN 315/mo

    BGN 292/mo

    Early bird price with code EB500 by Jul 16*

    If you start a job at any
    non-partner company

    Apply now

    Pay over 24 months with a bank partner**

    - BGN 500*

    Regular price BGN 252/mo

    BGN 229/mo

    Early bird price with code EB500 by Jul 16*

    If you start a job within our
    partner network

    Apply now

    Pay over 24 months with a bank partner**

    - BGN 500*

    Regular price BGN 7,000

    BGN 6,500

    Early bird price with code EB500 by Jul 16*

    If you start a job at any
    non-partner company

    Apply now

    - BGN 500*

    Regular price - BGN 1,400

    - BGN 1,900

    Early bird price with code EB500 by Jul 16*

    If you start a job within our
    partner network

    Apply now

    Terms tailored
    to your needs

    • *Early Bird Price: Complete your full application by July 16 with code EB500, and you will get a special Early Bird discount (BGN 500) from your tuition, applicable if you choose monthly payments or full upfront payment.
    • Pay the fee in full or in installments with a loan from Allianz - a bank partner of Telerik Academy. No proof of income required for loan approval.
    • Start paying for your tuition up to 6 months of graduation in small installments over 12-24 months’ period. No upfront cost when paying with installments.
    • Drop-out with no consequences up to 5 weeks after the program start. Zero risk.
    • 20% discount off your tuition, if you are employed by a partner.

    **Illustrative installment payment method. Different terms may apply based on borrowers’ credit score and creditworthiness as well as the bank’s current offering.


    I have no programming skills, can I still join the program?

    Absolutely! With your Alpha application you get access to the free programming Fundamentals course. With a format that ensures a balanced mix of self-paced learning and live interaction, - it's a risk-free way to see if coding is your passion and get ready for Alpha. Learn more!


    I already have some programming skills, is the program right for me?
    Yes, during the program you’ll acquire practical skills while being mentored by our seasoned tech and soft skills trainers. You’ll master modern technologies, build a professional-grade portfolio to impress employers and get ready for a successful IT career jumpstart. To save your spot in the program, complete your application early on and sit our Early Bird entrance exam. 
    Are there any age restrictions?

    We've had students of various ages and stages of their lives in the past and they’ve succeeded in their journey to become developers. Age is just a number – the only thing that matters here is your motivation to learn, develop new skills and commit to the program. 

    You only need to be 18 years of age or older to enroll in the course. If you're younger than 18 years, you can check our Telerik Academy School programs. 

    How do I know if programming is for me?

    If you are ready to master new skills, you enjoy solving problems and working with people on fascinating projects, then you are off to a good start!

    Programming is for everyone motivated to learn and absorb new knowledge. Still, the best way to find out if it is for you is to start coding. Join our free programming Fundamentals course and keep learning. Nail the entrance exam to our Alpha program, and, yes, keep coding under the mentorship of our experienced trainers. Pretty soon, you’ll know the answer, and don’t worry - if you decide that programming isn’t your cup of tea, you can drop out with no consequences up to 5 weeks after the program start. 

    What is the selection process?
    We use a holistic review process when evaluating applicants for admission. The final selection of candidates is not based solely on grades and test scores. Instead, we consider various factors: application documents, logical reasoning test results, entrance exam results, personal motivation for applying, and more. Some candidates might also be invited to attend an interview to discuss their career and development aspirations. 


    Can you share some tips for the entrance Exam?
    Certainly! Let’s start with the most important one - don’t stress! The exam is just a step towards a new career and shouldn't scare you. Don’t be afraid to try it, even if you doubt your abilities. The rest are:


    • Manage your time: remember, you have 3 hours and there are 3 tasks—don’t get fixated on just one. If you find yourself struggling with a task, move on to the next one. You can always come back later if you have time
    • Be strategic: if you get 10 points on one of the tasks, don’t waste time trying to achieve the maximum solution—move on to the other tasks and return later to try for the maximum
    • Know the system: familiarize yourself with the exam system by testing your skills with the mock exams
    What will the logical reasoning test include, and how do I access it?

    The logical reasoning test is a 45-minute timed assessment that measures problem-solving ability and the ability to come to conclusions based on logic. Don’t worry – there is no need to prepare for the test. You will receive an e-mail invite to take the test within 1-3 days prior to the entrance exam.

    Can I combine the program with my full-time or part-time job?
    To get the most out of the program and then jumpstart a rewarding IT career, you’ll need to 100% focus on your studies for 6 months. It will be difficult to impossible to maintain a full-time or part-time job while attending Telerik Academy Alpha JavaScript. 
    What are the tuition fees for the program? Do you offer discounts?

    The regular tuition fee for Telerik Academy Alpha Java is BGN 7,000. You can either pay it in full upfront or in monthly installments of BGN 315* via a bank loan (based on a 24-month repayment schedule). 

    If you opt to pay with a bank loan, we are giving you a grace period of up to 6 months after graduation, during which you can focus on finding a job and not worry about any tuition re-payments.

    If, after graduation, you are employed by one of our partners, you will get a 20% discount and thus pay BGN 292*/month (based on a 24-month repayment schedule). If you’ve opted to pay your tuition upfront (BGN 7,000), should you start with a partner, you will get BGN 1,400 back. 

    We continue to offer students the option to pay for their studies with a tuition fee deferral with the help of the European Investment Fund (EIF) and our partnership with Allianz Bank Bulgaria. Individuals must be Bulgarian citizens and 18 years of age or older for the bank loan. They must have completed the application process for the Alpha program and be admitted to the chosen program.

    * Illustrative payment method.

    Do you offer career services?

    Yes! To help you stand out from the candidate pool, we dedicate 20% of our Alpha programs to polishing your personal and teamwork skills - how to manage feedback and expectations, ask the right questions, prioritize and much more. Plus, you will have a professional-grade portfolio. This includes your final project - a real-world web application built from scratch. And just before you graduate, our career services kick in to prepare you for the hiring process and to quickly settle into your new job.

    We are also right by your side, providing you with up to 6 months of career-related services designed to help your job hunt and first months at work.

    When will the next admission open?
    You can keep track of our upcoming programs by registering here, and be among the first to know.
    What are the recommended computer specifications for the Alpha program?
    We recommend a computer with the following specs:


    • 8 GB RAM
    • SSD
    • Intel Core / AMD Ryzen
    • Windows is the preferred OS, but Linux and Mac are also an option

    If you need help with choosing a new computer for the program, please use our forum.

    Have other questions?

    Check out our FAQ or visit the Forum.

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