Studying at BIMM Institute 2021/22

As we prepare for the new academic year, we are aware how COVID-19 has changed the way we’re living, but we know our new and returning students want to keep creating, performing, producing, and promoting.

With this in mind, let us explain how you can still continue or take the first exciting steps in your industry training with us in September in Germany. We know you want to be in one of our vibrant cities as soon as possible, and as we see restrictions rolling back in Germany regarding social contact and more businesses are open, we feel optimistic about the next academic year.

In Semester 1, our aim is to have our buildings fully open and have teaching return to being fully on-campus. We aim to ensure every course has not only lessons in the building but access to our industry-leading facilities and the opportunity to network and perform alongside each other and explore your new musical home.

Over the summer, you’ll each be assigned a personal tutor, who will guide you through your individual learning plan. While Fresher’s Week will look a little different this year, we’ll be hosting an extended enrolment experience, with a wealth of networking opportunities as well as city tours, and welcome sessions. We also look forward to welcoming a special industry guest for our induction events in Berlin and Hamburg

You will become part of a fantastic community with a diverse and talented set of peers and we know networking and collaboration is key.  We understand the desire for students to use the college’s facilities, and we are committed to giving students as much access to our buildings as possible, while working within public health guidelines.

It is our intention to have students in the college buildings come the start of the new academic year this September and our staff have already returned and are preparing things for you. As always, our first priority is the safety of the BIMM student community, and we will continually review the changing environment throughout the coming year.   Our goal is to offer full and complete access to the college as soon as it is safe to do so. If social distancing is a requirement,  we will be offering a ‘blended’ learning model with a mixture of modules physically taught in the building, with some on-line elements on each course. This approach will enable us to protect students through social distancing following any local guidance and make the most of live experiences in the building.

If there is a need for some social distancing in Semester 1 this will mean that your class sizes will be reduced, allowing us to spend more time with each of you individually.

We understand that having access to the college facilities outside of lesson time for your project work or rehearsals is very important. We will look to maximise bookable rooms (studio, rehearsal, mac lab and quiet study) within the college and ensure your creative work is achievable at the highest standards.

In the coming year we intend to run all modules within the walls of the college. As the circumstances of the ongoing pandemic are hard to predict, we are also preparing to be flexible so that if restrictions remain in place, or are reintroduced, we can adapt our delivery of the courses to continue to provide you with an excellent educational experience through blended learning.

Like many universities that moved online for 2020-21, we have experienced a significant change in how we have delivered education by using more online tools and blended approaches to learning. We have learned a lot during the last months, and we are currently developing the provision to enhance the experience and practicality of online learning.

While we’d all like to return to normality as soon as possible we must acknowledge the situation in September may not be resolved completely and therefore we are prepared to switch to a blended delivery mode.

Our approach to blended learning is balanced and adaptable and will help you to stay connected to your communities of students and staff in the college safely. It will continue to give you access to our industry-standard equipment and facilities and ensure that you are ready to be a working music industry professional. We also believe this will provide the best of both worlds – as our current students have told us, some modules work particularly effectively online, while you still benefit from the community, space and resources in the college.

The blended modules will feature a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous content, which in simple terms means you will be able to study at your own pace, in your own time, and in the peace and comfort of your own personal space. Each course will look slightly different, but our approach ensures that each course will have the same minimum amount of weekly time in the building and makes the best possible use of the resources in the college.  Even if a module is delivered partially online, you will still retain the opportunity to use the college facilities to support your studies, for example using our recording studios or live performance rooms.

Cross-border access to Germany is open for anyone travelling from another EU country (including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom), however, some non-EU countries continue to have travel restrictions related to COVID-19 precautions. You may be concerned that this will impact your ability to travel and begin your studies in person in either Berlin or Hamburg, however it is largely still possible to travel internationally to Germany as long as precautions and self-quarantining measures are completed in accordance with government requirements after arrival. BIMM Institute can also provide a confirmation of your study plans on request, which may support your visa application and travel planning.

The Federal Foreign Office is the most reliable source of information updates regarding international accessibility to Germany, and you can review their guidance using the link below. This also provides additional information on quarantining regulations and visa applications. We recommend you regularly review this page and establish your travel plans well in advance, especially if self-isolation guidance is likely to impact you on arrival.

www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus

If this does impact you and you are concerned about not being able to begin your studies as planned, please contact our Admissions Department by phone +49 (0) 30 311 99 186 or email admissions@bimm-institute.de and we will assist in all areas we can.

We are continuing to accept applications and plan for a responsible and safe delivery of studies from September, prioritising the health and wellbeing of all our students, staff and guests.

Germany has had a robust response to the COVID-19 situation, which has allowed many societal functions to return to how they were prior to the crisis but with ongoing precautionary measures (such as social distancing, using face masks and maintaining high hygiene standards) in order to keep the population safe.

We are following State Ordnance to avoid further spread of COVID-19 and continue to monitor the situation across our colleges. We are working tirelessly to ensure our applicants for 2021 entry are able to enrol at BIMM Institute.

We’re also aware that not all students will be able to travel to the city in September, due to government travel restrictions or serious health concerns. There will be mitigations in place for students whose arrival in Berlin or Hamburg may be delayed, which we will share with you in due course.

 

Course Delivery 2021/22

Below you will find a series of infographics that detail our blended learning approach for all undergraduate courses.

Due to the structure of the course, the MA course “Popular Music Practice” will – under current regulations – be offered fully onsite and taught on campus in the House of Music.

 

BIMM-Germany-MA-Pop-Practice-Course-Delivery

We are planning to have a fully on-campus experience from September, with an extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities including gigs, in-person masterclasses, work experience, and networking events. If social distancing is still a requirement in Semester 1, we will be taking a blended approach to delivering your modules, whereby elements of some of your modules will be online and others will be on campus. You can see more information about this on the website.

Our on-campus plans will be confirmed in early September and will always be aligned with government guidance for the safety of our staff and students. You can use the Vaccine Dashboard (Impfdashboard) to keep an eye on vaccine roll-out progress in Germany, and vaccines are available to everyone 18 and above. When you arrive in the Germany in September, you will also be able to access the vaccine once you have registered as a resident.

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Currently, residents from some countries can enter Germany without the need to quarantine, and others must quarantine for up to two weeks after arrival.

The Federal Foreign Office (Auswaertiges Amt) is the government authority in charge of entry to Germany, and their website has clear guidance on any entry restrictions depending on your country of origin. We advise all students to reference the Auswaertiges Amt website when planning their travel to Germany ahead of the start of their studies.

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Restaurants, bars and music venues are open with hygiene measures and contact tracing in place. Gyms, cinemas, and shops are also open and there are no travel restrictions or curfews. Our current students are using BIMM Institute facilities and partner facilities for practice, recording and collaboration.

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We are continuing to closely monitor the situation in line with regular ordinance updates from the German Health Authority (Gesundheitsministerium). We are planning a wide range of fresher’s (or new student) events before the start of semester one including social events, gigs and college inductions. Look out over the summer for more information.

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Safety is always our number one priority. When the pandemic forced everything to close in March last year, we immediately switched our tuition online. Our safety measures resulted in zero evidence of Covid transmissions within our colleges, even though students were still regularly attending classes together.

All these measures remain available if needed. Naturally, we are all hoping not to need them and there are many positive signs that vaccinations are having the desired effects.

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Students moving to the city normally secure accommodation through a student-purpose halls of residence, or in house shares with other BIMM students. Our BIMM Institute Berlin Accommodation Guide (PDF), and BIMM Institute Hamburg Accommodation Guide (PDF), are useful digital resources for you to reference. Facebook is an effective way to link up with people who are already at BIMM Institute or who are starting at the same time as you and looking for housemates. Search BIMM Berlin or BIMM Hamburg Freshers.

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We realise that some students planning their move to Germany may be faced with travel disruption. In order to minimise delays to the start of studies for any students in this situation, we are developing distant learning methods to support BIMM students who may face travel restrictions in their home country, which gives them the option to learn online until the end of Semester 1. We are contacting all new and returning students regarding this.

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Starting a higher education course is one of those big life decisions, and it’s likely that many of you will benefit from a bit of extra support to help you settle in. This includes one-to-one guidance from a personal tutor, mental health and wellbeing support, and disability and learning support.

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Our online Covid Advice page is a useful resource, and we are also hosting course delivery webinars which you can attend to find out more information on our blended learning delivery for each course.

Of course, you can always contact us via LiveChat on our website or by phone, and we can help with your enquiry directly.

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Any questions?

For any questions regarding studying at BIMM Germany in 2021/22, please contact our Admissions Team on +49 30 311 99 186 or email admissions@bimm-institute.de.

 

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