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.


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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

BIMM Dublin

For more information on the Irish visa application process please email [email protected]

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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