STUDYING AT BIMM

STUDENT INFORMATION

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 40 874 09 632 to request an application form or by completing 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. Audition/ Interview

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

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

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

All BIMM auditions are free of charge. Upon arrival at BIMM, you’ll be greeted individually and be guided through the day. During your individual audition, which generally lasts 45 minutes and takes place one-to-one with one of our teaching staff, we’ll discuss your personal aspirations and the ways in which we can help you to achieve your goals.

After your audition, you’ll be debriefed by a member of the Admissions Team. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions regarding the course you’re applying for or what to expect next in the Admissions process. We’ll then either make you an offer of study or provide feedback on how you can develop your skills further to meet the required entry standard.

The audition criteria for all our Performance and Songwriting courses will be sent to you after you have submitted your application, and you can discuss any questions you have with our Admissions team before the audition so you are fully prepared on the day.

2(b). Music & Sound Production and Electronic Music Production Interview

If you’re applying to BIMM Institute Hamburg for either the Music & Sound Production/ Electronic Music Production course and are an EU-based student, we’ll expect you to attend BIMM for an interview. If it’s difficult for you to travel to BIMM in person, we’ll arrange for a remote interview to take place.

The interview generally lasts 45-minutes and takes place one-to-one with a BIMM Institute lecturer. It will involve reviewing by playback various examples from your production portfolio and discussing a reference track by another producer or artist who has shaped and inspired your work. You can also discuss your career aspirations with our lecturer and receive feedback on continuing good practice to enhance your personal development.

An offer will then be made based upon our entry criteria, your qualifications, experience and a successful assessment.

All interview and portfolio submission criteria will be sent to you after you have submitted your application, and you can discuss any questions you have with our Admissions team before the interview so you are fully prepared on the day.

2(c). Music Business and Music Marketing, Media & Communication Interview

For the Music Business or Music Marketing, Media & Communication course, you’ll be required to complete an application form with a short personal statement outlining why you wish to study our Music Business or Music Marketing, Media & Communication course and how this links in with your career aspirations.

Your interview generally lasts 45-minutes and takes place one-to-one with a BIMM Institute lecturer. In your interview, you will be required to prepare and deliver a 5-minute presentation outlining your existing experience or career aspirations in the music/ creative fields to our lecturer. You can discuss this, and how the course will help you achieve your career goals, further in the interview after your presentation.

For EU applicants, we encourage you to complete this interview face-to-face at one of our campuses. We can also arrange for a remote interview to take place if accessibility is difficult for you.

Following your interview, you’ll be debriefed by a member of the Admissions Team. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions regarding the course you’re applying for or what to expect next in the Admissions process. We’ll then either make you an offer of study or provide feedback on how you can develop your experience further to meet the required entry standard.

All interview and presentation submission criteria will be sent to you after you have submitted your application, and you can discuss any questions you have with our Admissions team beforehand so you are fully prepared for the interview on the day.

3. Assessment de-brief 

After your audition/ interview, you’ll be debriefed by a member of the Admissions Team and advised as to whether we can offer you a place based on your successful outcome at the audition/ interview, our entry criteria and your current/ predicted academic grades.

4. Contract confirmation

If you are offered a place, you’ll be sent a formal contract and offer letter via email, it’s then up to you to confirm if you wish to take up your place. The offer may be conditional on you meeting our entry criteria if you are still studying, or unconditional if you already have met the academic entry criteria.

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 40 874 09 632, emailing [email protected] or filling in the ‘Apply Now’ website form.


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)
500*
€1,500*

Payment (per year)
€7,450
11,950

Total annual cost
€7,950**
€13,450**

*  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)
€500*

Payments x 10 (per year)
€795**

Total annual cost
€8,450

*  Deposit to be paid by 14th August 2020 (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 our community of talented applicants and students. 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, allowing them to make the most of their talents.


BIMM Institute Germany Scholarship 20/21

We’re committed to supporting our students – whether that’s creatively, academically or through starting their studies. That’s why we’ve set up amazing scholarships in the past, and why we’ve created a new scholarship for this academic year. We’re here to help you open those doors to the music industry, no matter what.

We want you to really kick-start your life in music. One lucky upcoming BIMM Berlin student and one lucky upcoming BIMM Hamburg student will each receive a fully-funded scholarship for the first year of studies from September 2020. It doesn’t matter which one of our courses you’ve chosen to study – our scholarship is available for all undergraduate degrees.

We will then follow your journey during your first year of studies, as you develop your craft, explore your creativity and follow your passion. You’ll connect with industry icons through exclusive Masterclasses, be taught by legendary industry experts and become part of our unique, collaborative BIMM community that crosses borders and oceans.

Please see below for terms and conditions around our new scholarship.


BIMM Institute Germany Bursary 20/21

As well as introducing our new one-year, fully-funded scholarship, we are helping three students launch their life in music by offering three bursaries of €750. Our new bursaries are in place to give a little extra boost to three runners up who have applied for the one-year scholarship.

These are for BIMM Berlin and BIMM Hamburg students due to study Music BusinessMusic Production, Music Performance (GuitarBassDrumsVocals), or Songwriting this September. It’s part of our goal to give students a helping hand in seeing their dreams come to life. Specific details around our new bursaries can be seen below.


Are You Eligible to Apply?

All EU or UK students applying to BIMM Berlin or BIMM Hamburg are eligible to apply for both our scholarship and bursaries – providing you meet our application criteria below. In order to apply for the scholarship, all you need to do is commit to paying your €500 deposit to secure your place of study.

If you applied before 2nd June 2020, and are eligible for our Early Bird Enrolment Bursary of €250, this will continue to be refunded from your deposit upon enrolment (and paid in addition to your €750 bursary if you win the BIMM Institute Bursary). The €750 Bursary and €250 Early Bird Enrolment Bursary will be awarded as a combined deduction to your first-year study fees.

Application Process

To complete your application for this, please follow the steps below and return the 2020/21 Bursary Application Form via email to [email protected] if applying to BIMM Berlin, or [email protected] if applying to BIMM Hamburg.

We are keen on learning why YOU are the right person to study at BIMM Berlin or Hamburg, and how you plan to engage with the music industry during your time at BIMM Institute. We also want to know how this relates to your overall career aspirations to establish a career in the music industry.

The deadline for sending the form to us is by 9 AM CEST, 24th of August. Please be sure to complete all required information in full.

The process for completing the BIMM 2020/21 Scholarship Application is as follows:

  1. You meet BIMM Institute’s academic entry requirements, as outlined within your application email.
  2. You have applied, successfully completed an audition or interview, and accepted your offer of study at BIMM Institute Berlin or Hamburg before 9 AM, 24th August.
  3. You are a UK or EU national (Scholarship and Bursary applicable to UK or EU fee payers only).
  4. You complete and return a 20/21 Scholarship and Bursary Application Form by email to the BIMM Institute Germany Admissions Department by 24th of August, 9 AM CEST

 

If you have not yet applied to study at BIMM Institute in September 2020 but intend to study and wish to be eligible for one of our Scholarships or Bursaries, we advise applying no later than Monday 27th July. This is to give you sufficient time to complete the above steps including successfully passing your audition/ interview and accepting an offer of study from us. We do encourage you to complete your application and get this process underway ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Bursary Application Form

 

What happens next?

We will record your Scholarship Application and review all submissions after the deadline of 24th of August. A panel of BIMM staff will then review all the submissions, and a network of our industry partners will decide our shortlist. All successful applicants will be notified in writing on the 2nd of September 2020.

Terms and Conditions

The Scholarship will be awarded in the following format:

  • The fully-funded Scholarship will cover the first year of your BIMM Institute tuition fees, minus your €500 deposit. The scholarship value is, therefore, €7,450
  • The value of the scholarship will not be paid to you but waived from your first-year tuition fees
  • From the second year of your studies onwards, you will be required to pay the EU/ UK tuition fees either in full or instalments
  • If you are eligible for the €250 Early Bird Enrolment Bursary, this will continue to be refunded from your €500 deposit

The Bursary will be awarded in the following format:

  • The €750 Bursary will be deducted from the first year of your BIMM Institute tuition fees, requiring all successful applicants to meet the Terms & Conditions (outlined below)
  • If you are awarded the Bursary and then wish to change your study programme during the permitted first five weeks of Term 1, award of the Bursary will be reviewed, ensuring all conditions are still met by the applicant

Terms and Conditions of Scholarship or Bursary Payment:

  • The Bursary will be deducted from your first year BIMM Institute tuition fees. You will be required to pay your deposit to secure your place on your chosen course in advance of this
  • If you are eligible for our Early Bird Enrolment Bursary of €250 (due to applying on or prior to 2nd June 2020), this will additionally be discounted from your first-year tuition fees
  • In the event of you withdrawing from your studies, the bursaries awarded by BIMM Institute will not be included in your tuition fee refund. The deposit for your studies will be retained by BIMM Institute.
  • In the event of a withdrawal from your studies as a scholarship winner, there will be no refund of first-year tuition fees as you will not have paid these due to the fees being waived by BIMM Institute. The deposit for your studies will be retained by BIMM Institute.
  • If you are a winner of the scholarship, you will be part of a campaign accompanying you with photos, interviews, videos through our website and social media channels during the first year of your studies

We understand this has been a turbulent year for many people, and factors related to Coronavirus may have caused disruption to your study plans. BIMM Institute is working hard behind the scenes to ensure a rich learning experience for all our students whilst ensuring the safety of everyone in our community, and we will be sharing an update on how our courses will be delivered from September in the very near future.

We wish you the best of luck in your application and can’t wait to meet you when you join us this September. Together, let’s start your career in music.

 

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