YOUR STUDY ABROAD SURVIVAL GUIDE

The idea of studying abroad may seem daunting to begin with, but we’re here to tell you that it really doesn’t need to be

There is a tonne of help, support and guidance out there for anyone feeling a little overwhelmed by such a big decision, and we know once you get your head around it, making the leap overseas will be a truly amazing adventure!

Take studying at BIMM Berlin music college, for example. There’s a good reason why so many incredible artists, such as David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave and U2, have fled to the city in recent decades. Berlin’s a musician’s paradise and a magnet for talent, creativity and open-mindedness. Just the sort of place to choose to study in if you’re looking to make your journey towards a music career an utterly memorable one! And, our students study in Berlin in English so there’s no need to learn a new language straight away. There’s also the option of transferring to BIMM London for the second year, and returning from London to Berlin for the final one. An exciting experience definitely worth considering.

FINANCING YOUR STUDY ABROAD

Once the thought of studying in Berlin is firmly on your agenda, there are many practical things to think about before you get too carried away – funding your trip, for one! To get started, consider finding a part-time job, opening a separate ‘Berlin’ bank account so you can transfer any savings directly in, and setting yourself a strict allowance to live on every week. Other simple ideas include cutting down on eating out, spending less on nights out, walking rather than paying for petrol or public transport, and asking relatives for cash instead of presents for birthdays and holidays. You may also be able to find some reasonable credit card deals that offer 0% interest – but don’t use them for anything other than emergencies! When you change your British Pounds for Euros, do this at the Post Office as they don’t charge any commission for changing your money for you. And don’t forget you’ll need to look into getting a German Student Visa too, so be sure to contact the German embassy in your home country sooner rather than later.

GETTING TO BERLIN

As a central European hub, getting to Berlin from abroad is easy. The city has two international airports, Tegel and Schönefeld, with a third one – Brandenburg – currently under-construction. Berlin is also part of Europe’s highly efficient network of trains, transporting visitors to and from the city every day. Germany’s famous ‘autobahns’ are a super-quick way of getting across the country, meaning bus travel is a very affordable travel option, and companies such as Berlin Linien Bus connect Berlin to more than 250 destinations across Germany and Europe.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVING BIMM BERLIN AND BEYOND

Public transport throughout Berlin is both inexpensive and reliable, with a combination of buses, trams, underground and suburban trains serving the metropolitan area. The city is linked by a combination of U-Bahn trains (underground trains), S-Bahn trains (suburban trains), buses and trams, and a single ticket valid for two hours worth of travel costs about €2. Or you can get yourself a bike and join 500,000 other Berliners on the city’s well-loved network of cycle paths. The city is extremely bicycle-friendly, with dedicated cycle paths and plenty of secure storage..

 We strongly recommend that you apply for a semester ticket, which allows unlimited use of all Berlin public transport networks each term in conjunction with your student ID: please call BVG on +49 030 19 44 9 for more information.

LIVING IT UP IN BERLIN

 There are so many amazing things to do in Berlin that it would be quite easy to blow your budget, but the good news is that compared with many other major European cities, the cost of living is low. A suitable monthly budget for accommodation, bills, food and entertainment could be as little as €600 if you’re sharing with flatmates and are ultra careful with your spending, or between €1,000-€1,500 if you’re keen to live life a little more and include some weekend trips away. Student discounts are easy to find with an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and offer reduced rates on travel, entertainment, food, accommodation and much more.

KEEPING HEALTHY

 Germany has an excellent healthcare system, so if you do happen to fall ill abroad, you’ll be in safe hands. Under German law, all students applying to study at a Higher Education institute in Germany must show they have some sort of health cover – either via a public provider with a reciprocal agreement with Germany, or through a private health insurance company. If you’re from the EU, EEA or Switzerland and are covered by public healthcare at home, you may also have access to the German public system too – just don’t forget to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you leave. If you have private health insurance at home, contact your company to make sure you’re also covered in Germany.

EXPLORATION AWAITS

See – we told you the thought of studying abroad doesn’t need to be intimidating! In fact, we can absolutely guarantee that choosing to study a BIMM Berlin music course will be one of the most exciting things you’ve ever done. So go on – unleash your spirit of adventure and apply to BIMM Berlin today!

Useful links:

German study visa regulations:  German Federal Foreign Office

Berlin bus company: https://www.berlinlinienbus.de/

European Health Insurance Card: https://www.ehic.org.uk

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