BIMM Study Exchange

In light of new immigration requirements arising from the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union and associated funding implications, the BIMM Study Exchange Programme is currently under review by our Academic Board.

Updated details will be published here as soon as possible.

Two Cities, Infinite Possibilities

Our colleges are located in the cities where music matters most. And because of our impressive network of institutes across Europe, we provide something you won’t find at any other contemporary music college: the BIMM Institute Study Exchange Programme.

That means you can complete your music course in two different European cities by splitting your studies across two of our BIMM colleges in London, Berlin, Hamburg, Brighton, Manchester, Bristol or Birmingham.*

Start your course in one city, then transfer to another for your second year. For your final year, you can choose whether to stay where you are, or head back to your ‘home’ college.

*The BIMM Institute Study Exchange Programme is only available on courses validated by BIMM Institute across both chosen locations. Terms and conditions apply.

Studying in two different cities can be an adrenaline shot to your early music career.

Not only will it take you well out of your comfort zone, but you’ll also get to immerse yourself in a completely different music scene, build a reputation on two different live circuits, explore new cultures and genres, and expand your industry contacts.

“The move to London felt right for me at the time, as the Manchester scene didn’t quite fit my tastes and needs anymore. Moving forces you to step out of your comfort zone to make new contacts and friends. Now I’ve moved, I’m pretty sure I’ll stay here after graduation. It’s also great to have this opportunity whilst student finance is still helping you out!”
Brooke Williams, BIMM Student


Berlin lifetime native and House/Techno producer Marlon Hoffstadt, took some time out from producing and running ‘Savour The Moment’ and ‘Midnight Themes’ Records, to show us his 5 STAPLES of the Berlin music scene.

Ft. Salon – Zur wilden Renate, ELSE, OYE Record Store, Bikini Waxx Records & Paloma.

To live in Berlin today is to be within the most vibrant space in Europe – a city in a constant state of flux and abuzz with creativity.


Birmingham has a music culture unique to the UK; feeding off diverse subcultures and genres; it’s a scene that provides limitless inspiration and opportunities for collaboration.

We asked Music Journalist and Brum Radio presenter Danny de Reybekill to show off his city and give us his 5 STAPLES of the Birmingham music scene.

For anyone deciding where to study music, Birmingham is a place that will expand your musical horizons.


Roxy Roberts took some time out from running Hear No Evil Management, hosting her radio show on Trickstar Radio and getting involved with Brighton Sound Social to take us around her five Staples of the Brighton music scene.

This city by the sea is bursting with every genre of music you could imagine. And it’s home to festivals like The Great Escape and Brighton Pride, too.

As said by Roxy herself, Brighton is one of the most liberal, accepting, versatile and dynamic places around – and it could be the perfect place for you to start your music industry career.


Bristol is a city with an unquestionably rich music and cultural heritage.

We caught up with Heavy Lungs frontman, IDLES homie and all round great bloke Danny Nedelko, to get his five ‘STAPLES’ of Bristol’s music scene.


Music video director, touring musician and all round legend Daniel Prieß, shows us his top 5 staple venues in Hamburg.

Historically, Hamburg has always been a city based around trade and commerce – but this certainly doesn’t mean it’s lacking in imagination or personality. Its financial stability allows artists and musicians to be truly creative, knowing there’s solid backing behind them, and the city’s economic prowess has seen global music brands, like Warner Music, base their operations here.


London Hip-Hop and Grime artist Kwazi Cort, shows us his 5 STAPLE spaces of the South-West London Music Scene.

London has an incredibly vibrant and diverse music scene. On any given night you can check out acts from the four corners of the globe in every style imaginable. Whether a hotly-tipped grime act in East London, legendary Jazzers at Ronnie Scott’s, cutting-edge alternative bands in Camden or some delectable soul in a super cool club, music in London is eclectic, exciting and always evolving. And with the greatest range of venues of anywhere in the UK, if not Europe, the capacity for exploration is almost daunting.


Duncan Wallis, Dutch Uncles’ frontman, Super 8th radio show host and all round top guy gives us a tour of his 5 STAPLES of the Manchester music scene.

The metropolitan city with a phenomenal musical history and thriving music scene that’s set to grow even bigger. The 1975, Pale Waves, Aitch, Oasis, Joy Division, The Smiths, Parklife and Dot to Dot Festival all call this exciting, innovative city home.

Any questions?

For questions on how BIMM Institute can connect you to Europe’s largest music student community, or if you’d like more information on how to apply, please contact our Admissions Team on 0344 2 646 666 or email [email protected].

If you are a current BIMM Student interested in the Study Exchange programme, please contact your local Student Support team for further information.



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