So you’ve read all about life at BIMM and now want to take your love of music to the next level? We don’t blame you!

Below you can find all the information you need about applying for a course at BIMM Hamburg. For help, support or advice, please contact us between 8am-6pm (GMT) Monday-Friday:

Tel: +49 303 11 99 186
Email: [email protected]
Skype: internationalstudentsatbimm

1. Applying

You can apply directly to BIMM Hamburg by calling our Admissions Team directly on +49 303 11 99 186 to request an assessment or by filling in the ‘Apply Now’ website form. We recommend that you attend one of our Open Days throughout the year so that you’re fully informed about BIMM before you submit your application. Please try not to leave your application to the last minute, as courses do fill up very quickly and we’d hate for you to be disappointed.

UK applicants are also able to apply for BIMM Hamburg courses via UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service in the UK. When applying for a BIMM Hamburg course through UCAS you’ll need to enter our Institution Code – B39, and the Hamburg Campus Code – H. If you’re applying via this route you may find our UCAS Application Guide helpful, here you’ll find useful information about completing your application and writing your personal statement.

2. Assessment

Once we’ve received your application, we’ll invite you to attend BIMM for an audition and assessment – this can take place at our Hamburg or London campus. If it’s difficult for you to travel to BIMM in person, we’ll arrange for a remote audition/assessment to take place.

2(a). Performance (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals) and Songwriting

If you’re applying to BIMM Hamburg for one of our performance-based courses and are an EU-based student, we’ll expect you to attend BIMM for an audition and assessment. If it’s difficult for you to travel to BIMM in person, we’ll arrange for a remote audition/assessment to take place.

All BIMM assessments are free of charge. Upon arrival at BIMM you’ll be greeted individually and have the opportunity to have any questions answered. During your individual assessment we’ll discuss your personal aspirations and the ways in which we can help you to achieve your goals.

After your audition/assessment you’ll be de-briefed by a member of the Admissions Team and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions regarding the course you’re applying for. We’ll then either make you an offer of a place or suggest how you can develop your skills further to meet the required standard.

2(b). Music Production

If you’re applying to BIMM Hamburg for our Music Production course and are an EU-based student, we’ll expect you to attend BIMM for an assessment/interview. If it’s difficult for you to travel to BIMM in person, we’ll arrange for a remote audition/assessment to take place. An offer will then be made based upon your qualifications, experience and a successful assessment.

2(c). Music Business

For the Music Business course, you’ll be required to complete an application form and we’ll assess your suitability based on the personal statement you submit within your application form. Applicants will not be required to attend an interview.

3. Assessment de-brief 

After your assessment/audition you’ll be de-briefed by a member of the Admissions Team and advised as to whether we can offer you a place.

4. Contract confirmation

If you are offered a place, you’ll be sent a contract and offer letter via email, it’s then up to you to confirm if you wish to take up your place.

Our Admissions Team is available to help with any queries you may have about applying to BIMM. Please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling +49 303 11 99 186, emailing [email protected] or filling in the ‘Apply Now’ website form.

UK Applicants – please be aware that UCAS Tariff points are changing for courses starting in September 2017. View the revised entry requirements

UK Students should also be aware that BIMM Hamburg courses do not qualify for Student Loans Company funding.

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We’re dedicated to giving our students the best music education possible – which means accessing our globally successful first-rate tutors in a high-tech location at the epicentre of the Hamburg music business… not to mention the option of spending a year studying at one of our other colleges on the BIMM Study Exchange

Such cutting-edge facilities can be expensive, but we make sure all BIMM Hamburg courses are great value for money – representing a practical and affordable investment for your future career in the music industry.

Payment Options
Option 1: Paying your course fees in full

If you’d like to pay your course fees in full each year, the total costs for each BIMM Hamburg course is:

BIMM Hamburg Higher Education courses
EU students
Non-EU students

Deposit (per year)

Payment (per year)

Total annual cost

*  Deposit to be paid on offer acceptance (pay online or by telephone).

** Fees to be paid in full before 15th August in each academic year.

Please note, students who are from countries within the European Economic Area (EEA) and not from a country formally within the European Union (EU) will not be eligible for the UK & EU fee and be asked to pay the Non-EU fee.

Option 2: Paying your fees by monthly instalment

BIMM Hamburg students also have the option to pay by instalments via 10 monthly payments each academic year:

BIMM Hamburg Higher Education courses
EU students
This option is only available to EU nationals

Deposit (per year)

Payments x 10 (per year)

Total annual cost

*  Deposit to be paid by 14th August 2019 (pay online or by telephone).

** Monthly payments to be paid by standing order and run from October to July.

Please note, this payment option is only available at BIMM Hamburg.

UK Students: please note that BIMM Hamburg courses do not qualify for Student Loans Company funding.

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The following visas, permits and registrations need to be considered for students arriving from:

EU / EAA / Switzerland

If you come from one of the countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) or European Union (EU) you should only need a valid passport to enter the UK, Ireland or Germany and commence your studies at BIMM.

The countries of the EU are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

The EEA includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It allows them to be part of the EU’s single market.

Switzerland is neither an EU nor EEA member but is part of the single market – this means Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.

All other countries

For students from all other countries, check the following Federal Government link on visa requirements. This provides guidance by country on the requisite visa requirements and also resident permit requirements.

If a visa is required, contact your local German Consulate/Embassy – a full list is available here.

Please ensure that you have been awarded your study VISA before travelling to Berlin to begin the course. Students cannot under any circumstances start at BIMM using a tourist VISA, even if the decision on your study VISA is pending. If your application is unsuccessful, please let us know and we will investigate the situation for you.

Further Information

If you’re still unsure on your visa or resident permit requirements, please contact the BIMM Berlin team for further assistance: [email protected]


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Registering with the Berlin Registration Authorities

All students (EU, EEA and Switzerland) must register with the local Berlin Registration Authorities within two weeks of arrival. These registration authorities are known as Einwohnermeldeamt or Burgeramt. This link provides an example of a typical Berlin Burgeramt and the information required in order to process your registration.

EU citizens and EEA citizens require no residence permit – you are, however, required to register with the Berlin Registration Authorities – a requirement that also applies to German nationals. This registration must occur within the first two weeks of arrival.

Residence Permits

For a stay lasting longer than three months, non-EU/EAA students will require a Residence Permit. The following documents are required to obtain this:

  • Proof of adequate financial resources
  • Proof of adequate health insurance cover

Adequate financial resources must be documented to ensure that no social security benefits from Germany need to be claimed during the stay. EU/EEA students must provide credible proof that they have adequate financial resources (this equates to the maximum educational assistance rate – BAföG – at their disposal which currently amounts to €670 per month).

For those students that required a visa for entry and the planned stay extends beyond the visa’s period of validity, this stay must be authorised. In such cases, a residence permit is required. Students who entered Germany on a national visa and plan a longer stay must have the temporary entry and residence permit included in their visa changed into a longer-term residence title before it expires. These students, however, must also report to the registration authority within two weeks of arrival.

Adequate health insurance policy must cover the following benefits:

  • Medical and dental treatment
  • Medicines/drugs, dressing/bandages, health/medical aids
  • Hospital treatment
  • Medical rehabilitation
  • Pregnancy and childbirth


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BIMM is dedicated to supporting and offering opportunities to talented and passionate aspiring musicians to develop their skills, talents and self confidence.

Every academic year, we’re able to offer a limited number of bursaries to talented and dedicated applicants and students who are in financial hardship. Over the last year, we’re proud to have offered the equivalent of over €280,000 in scholarships and bursaries to students across our colleges in need of financial help, allowing them to make the most of their talents.

Modeselektor Music Production Scholarship

BIMM Berlin is proud to announce our brand new and potentially life-changing Music Production Scholarship programme in partnership with our new patrons: the legendary German electronic music duo Modeselektor.

Scholarship Criteria
  • Our scholarships are available to Music Production applicants only.
  • You must have applied to study at BIMM, passed an assessment and accepted your offer of study. This is inclusive of paying your deposit to secure your place on the course.
  • Our scholarships are available to those who demonstrate talent and drive. We would like all applicants to submit a short write-up of what you feel is the strongest track in your portfolio. This will be reviewed by BIMM’s Music Production Department and Modeselektor.
  • If successful, the scholarship will cover the first-year study fees only (with your deposit refunded). This is limited to two scholarships being awarded.


How to Apply for your Scholarship

Step 1: To apply for the Modeselektor Scholarship, you must have met the above criteria.
Step 2: Please then email the BIMM Institute Berlin Admissions team via [email protected] and provide the below information:

  • Email Subject: Modeselektor Scholarship Submission
  • 200-word write-up: This should be in the email body and contain no more than 200 words on the creative process behind the track you would like to submit for consideration.
  • Track Submission Link: This should be a private online link (either Soundcloud or YouTube). It should correspond to the 200-word write-up about the strongest track that you would like the BIMM team and Modeselektor to consider for the one-year scholarship.


Submission Deadline

Your submission will be reviewed after the closing date of 1st September 2019 by the BIMM team and Modeselektor.

Please note that we cannot consider any submissions made after the closing date or that doesn’t meet the above criteria. For further information, please email [email protected]

We wish you all the best with your application!

The BIMM Berlin Bursary

We’re delighted to be able to offer our students the opportunity to apply for a BIMM Berlin Bursary. These are specifically for committed applicants to contribute towards the cost of essential student equipment.

This year BIMM Berlin will be offering a bursary for each of its three degree course disciplines; Music Performance, Music Production and Music Business.

Each BIMM Bursary will be for €500 and will be awarded to three students who enrol at BIMM Berlin in October 2019. If your application is successful, you’ll receive the money in one instalment at the start of your first term.

The criteria in order to be considered are as follows. You must:

  • Have applied to study at BIMM Berlin before 31st July 2019, passed an assessment and accepted your offer of study. This is inclusive of paying your deposit to secure your place on the course.
  • Have a household income below €36,000 per annum
  • Be a UK or EU national

There are a few steps involved in the application process, please contact [email protected] for more information.

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