Studying at BIMM

International student Information

Here at BIMM, we’ve always had our finger on the pulse identifying key regions in the global contemporary music industry.

That’s why we’ve chosen to open BIMM colleges in the coolest, freshest and most creative cities around – London, Berlin, Dublin, Manchester, Brighton and Bristol – and we’ll connect you to the best of the music business in all of them.

EU & EEA

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.

VISAS

Our Admissions Team can offer advice about studying in the UK, Ireland and Germany in order to make your transition as smooth as possible. If you are a non-eu applicant you will more than likely require a study visa to enter BIMM. The visa application process can take up to 8 weeks so please ensure you allow enough time to apply for a visa in advance of your departure from your home country. Please contact the relevant BIMM centre for more information.

Immigration Health Surcharge (UK visa applicants only)

The health surcharge is payable by non-EEA nationals who apply to come to the UK to study for a time-limited period of more than 6 months. It will also be paid by non-EEA nationals who are already in the UK and apply to extend their stay. Applicants must ensure they have completed their immigration application and paid the surcharge. For further information please see the Factsheet and Q&A documents provided by the Home Office.

BIMM Brighton / Bristol / Manchester / London

For more information on the UK visa application process please email international@bimm.co.uk

BIMM Berlin

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 Berlin 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.

For more information on the EU visa application process please email international@bimm-institute.de

BIMM Dublin

For more information on the Irish visa application process please email international@bimm.ie

Please note, under the current UK Home Office visa guidelines, Tier 4 visa students studying at BIMM are not entitled to work whilst in the UK. This is because BIMM is a private education provider.


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 EU v NON-EU Fees

 Brighton | Bristol | London | Manchester

Region Diploma Degree
EU £5,950 £6,750 per year
Non-EU £11,450 £12,250 per year

 Berlin

Region Degree
EU €7,450*
Non-EU €12,950*

Payment options available

Dublin

Region BA (Hons) Music Production Degree BA (Hons) Commercial Modern Music Degree CPD Diploma in Professional Musicianship
EU €5,950 €3,000 per year €1,950
Non-EU €11,450 per year €11,500 per year N/A

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.

Funding

Centrala studiestödsnämnden (CSN): for students from Sweden

BIMM courses are approved for CSN funding. In order for CSN to assess a student’s chances of qualification, the student must submit an application for overseas studies as detailed on CSN’s website. The application form details the necessary supporting documents. Please visit the CSN website for more information: www.csn.se

Further information can be found here

Lånekassen: Loans and grants for students from Norway

BIMM is accredited by Lånekassen, and students from Norway can receive a loan and grant from Lånekassen to study at BIMM. For more information on the amount you may receive and how to apply, please visit their website: www.lanekassen.no

Further information can be found here

SU – The Danish students’ Grants and Loans Scheme

Every Dane over the age of 18 is entitled to public support for his or her further education. Please visit the SU website for more information: www.su.dk

Further information can be found here

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International entry requirements

Entry requirements for international students vary from course to course, and depend on whether you’re applying for a Degree or Diploma course.

English Language Test Diploma Degree
ACADEMIC IELTS EU/EEA applicants:
Academic IELTS 6.0 Overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each band

EU/EEA applicants:
BIMM Bristol – Academic IELTS 6.5 English Language Qualification (We require a minimum of 6.0 to be achieved in each band)

BIMM Dublin – Academic IELTS 6.0 English Language Qualification

BIMM London – Academic IELTS 6.5 English Language Qualification (We require a minimum of 6.0 to be achieved in each band)

BIMM Brighton - Academic IELTS 6.5 English Language Qualification (We require a minimum of 6.0 to be achieved in each band)

BIMM Manchester - Academic IELTS 6.5 English Language Qualification (We require a minimum of 6.0 to be achieved in each band)

BIMM Berlin - Academic IELTS 6.5 English Language Qualification (We require a minimum of 6.0 to be achieved in each band)

*Non–EU applicants: International students requiring a tier 4 visa to study in the UK will need to complete an IELTS UKVI test from one of the locations listed here.

For more information about this specific test, please contact admissions@bimm.co.uk or international@bimm.co.uk

We also accept the following equivalent English Language exams:

  • Cambridge First Certificate Level C1 with a minimum overall score of 176, and no lower than 170 achieved in each band. The Cambridge English Scale
  • Cambridge Advanced Level C1 with a minimum overall score of 176, and no lower than 170 achieved in each band.
  • ESOL Skills For Life Level 1 at Level C1.
  • IGCSE English Language (First Language) at C or above.
  • IGCSE English Language (Second Language) at B or above.
  • International Baccalaureate English Language at 5 or above in English A or B.

 
If you have obtained an alternative qualification, or a slightly lower score, please contact overseasadmissions@bimm.co.uk, we will review your qualification on a case by case basis.*
 


If you need any assistance, please email international@bimm.co.uk or contact your relevant Admissions Team:

London: +44 (0) 208 749 3131

Brighton: + 44 (0) 1273 626 666

Manchester: + 44 (0) 161 244 8210

Bristol: + 44 (0) 117 980 7060

Dublin: + 353 151 33 666

Berlin: +49 303 11 99 186

 

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Your step-by-step guide to our application process:

Step 1: Making your application

Diploma: Apply direct with us; find your course and click apply now to be guided through the process

Degree: Apply via www.ucas.com

BIMM Berlin Degree courses: Apply direct with us; find your course and click apply now to be guided through the process

Step 2: Booking your audition

Diploma: A member of our Admissions Team will contact you to discuss the details of your application, as well as organising an audition date and time with you.

Degree: An audition date and time will be sent to you via UCAS and email. You’ll then need to confirm this date on UCAS.

BIMM Berlin Degree courses: An audition/assessment date and time will be sent to you via email.

Step 3: Remote assessments

If you’re not able to visit us for an assessment, we’ll send you demo guidelines and an application form (Performance courses). For Production and Songwriting courses, we’ll send you details of a portfolio of evidence which you’ll need to submit and a phone interview can be booked. For Music Business, Music Journalism  and Event Management courses, you’ll receive an application form and we’ll assess your suitability based on your personal statement. For Diploma courses, you can do a demo audition.

Step 4: Return assessment requirements

Complete the audition/assessment requirements as detailed on our website and return them to our Admissions Team.

Step 5: Assessment viewing

A tutor will view/listen to your assessment/audition and may contact you to discuss your goals for the course.

Step 6: 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 course.

Step 7: Contract confirmation

Diploma: You’ll be sent a contract and offer letter via email which needs to be confirmed within 28 days of the dated contract.

Degree: You’ll be offered a course via UCAS which needs to be accepted before the UCAS deadline.

BIMM Berlin Degree courses: You’ll be sent a contract and offer letter via email which needs to be confirmed within 28 days of the dated contract.

Step 8: Information pack

Once a place is confirmed, you’ll receive an information pack from the Admissions Team, as well as details on becoming an International Student.

Step 9: Arrival

Student Ambassadors will meet you on your arrival in the UK before you start your course.

Please contact international@bimm.co.uk to confirm your arrival date and time.


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