Fees & Finance

Because we’re Europe’s largest and most prestigious music institute, we’re uniquely positioned to offer outstanding value and quality to all our students.

We’re dedicated to giving our students the best music education possible – which means accessing our expert lecturers in industry-leading facilities at the heart of the Germany’s music scene.

We make sure all BIMM Institute courses are great value for money – representing a practical and affordable investment for your future career in the music industry.


BAföG – State funding for students in Germany

Students at BIMM Institute Berlin and Hamburg were previously entitled to ‘BAföG’ financial maintenance support during their studies, paid by the Federal Education Authority. BAföG is otherwise known as the Federal Training Assistance Act.

This recognition by the Federal Education Authorities in Berlin and Hamburg was of great assistance to students, and a reflection of the academic quality of BIMM Institute’s Undergraduate (Degree) courses and recognition by the German government.

Due to the UK leaving the EU (Brexit), this funding opportunity for students has expired as BIMM Institute is no longer classified as an EU educator. Despite this, our Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses are still recognised within the Academic EU Framework, of which Britain remains part of.

The political process and terms of the Brexit agreement are ongoing. BIMM Institute is keeping in touch with local authorities to monitor developments and should there be a chance of BAföG maintenance support resuming under a new agreement, we will keep you informed via updates to this webpage and by email.

What is BAföG support?

BAföG maintenance support is paid to you directly in monthly instalments throughout your studies. Its purpose is to help towards your living costs as a student and offset certain costs such as housing, bills or tuition expenses.

Your funding eligibility is decided on a ‘means-tested’ basis. This considers aspects such as parental income, if you are financially independent or have children/ other dependants. It is completely up to you how you decide to use this financial support – it can offset your tuition fee or be used to support your living costs during studies.

If students are successful in their application, they could be eligible to receive up to a very maximum of €853 per month, and only 50% of this will need to be paid back after their studies. Please note that depending on the application and the various factors taken into account, the financial award given can be anywhere between €0 to €853 per month, and for example, a student who has additional responsibilities such as being a carer or having their own children will be awarded towards the higher end of this scale.

You apply for BAföG before your studies begin in September, via either the Hamburg or Berlin local senate education authority. The Admissions Team can provide further information on this once you have confirmed you will study a course at either BIMM Institute Berlin or Hamburg, and proof of study will be required as part of your BAföG application which BIMM Institute needs to confirm.

BIMM Institute is monitoring developments as the situation of Britain leaving the EU become clearer, and we hope that students at BIMM Institute Berlin and Hamburg can continue to receive BAföG maintenance support later in 2021.


Government funding

Some students may be able to get a student grant or loan from their local government to cover their tuition or living costs:

Sweden: Please visit the CSN website for more information – www.csn.se

Norway: Please visit the Lånekassen website for more information – www.lanekassen.no

Denmark: Please visit the SU website for more information – www.su.dk

The Netherlands: Please visit the DUO website for more information – www.duo.nl

Iceland: Please visit the Lín website for more information – menntasjodur.is

Students with International fee status are charged different tuition fee amounts and have different funding options in comparison to students with EU fee status. Funding available to students with International fee status is very limited, and the majority of such students would not be able to receive any funding. We encourage you to explore all options, however, and you may wish to explore the below further:

  • Bafög (Federal Training Assistance Act)
  • Scholarships, bursaries and awards available to you locally through BIMM Institute (generally announced in April/ May each year)
  • Loans
  • Private Sponsorships

Health insurance

All students at BIMM Institute (including non-EU students since last year) are eligible for cover under TK Insurance. Health insurance is a legal requirement for all residents in Germany.

TK (Techniker Krankenkasse) is a German public healthcare provider which offers, in addition to comprehensive medical services, a Welcome to Germany Service, which supports foreign students with an English-speaking team during their arrival in Germany.

Please find current information for students, including monthly fees here.

Payment Options

Option 1: Paying your course fees in full

If you’d like to pay your course fees in full each year, the total costs for each course are:

Undergraduate Courses (3 years) UK, Swiss & EU Students Non-EU & EEA Students
Deposit (per year) €500* €1,500*
Payment (per year) €7,450 €11,950
Total annual fee €7,950** €13,450**

 

*  Deposit to be paid on offer acceptance (pay online or by telephone).
** Fees to be paid in full before 15th September in each academic year.

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 EU, Swiss or UK fee, and be asked to pay the Non-EU fee.


 

Option 2: Paying your fees by monthly instalments

Students also have the option to pay by instalments via 10 monthly payments each academic year:

Undergraduate Courses (3 years) UK, Swiss & EU Students Non-EU & EEA Students
Deposit (per year) €500* €1,500*
Payments x 10 (per year) €745** €1,195**
Total annual fee €7,950** €13,450**

 

*  Deposit to be paid on offer acceptance (pay online or by telephone).
** Monthly payments to be paid by standing order and run from October to July.

Please note, this payment option is only available at BIMM Institute Berlin and Hamburg.

Option 1: Paying your course fees in full

If you’d like to pay your course fees in full each year, the total costs for each course are:

Postgraduate Courses (full-time) UK, Swiss & EU Students Non-EU & EEA Students
Deposit €500* €1,500*
Payment €9,000 €15,000
Total annual fee €9,500** €16,500**

 

Postgraduate Courses (part-time) UK, Swiss & EU Students Non-EU & EEA Students
Deposit (per year) €500* €1,500*
Payment (per year) €5,300 €7,500
Total annual fee €5,800** €9,000**

 

* Deposit to be paid on offer acceptance (pay online or by telephone).
** Fees to be paid in full before 15th September in each academic year.


 

Option 2: Paying your fees by monthly instalments

Students also have the option to pay by instalments via 10 monthly payments each academic year:

 

Postgraduate Courses (full-time) UK, Swiss & EU Students Non-EU & EEA Students
Deposit €500* €1,500*
Payments x 10 €900** €1,500**
Total annual fee €9,500 €16,500

 

Postgraduate Courses (part-time) UK, Swiss & EU Students Non-EU & EEA Students
Deposit (per year) €500* €1,500*
Payments x 10 (per year) €530** €750**
Total annual fee €5,800 €9,000

 

* Deposit to be paid on offer acceptance (pay online or by telephone).
** Monthly payments to be paid by standing order and run from October to July.

Please note, this payment option is only available at BIMM Institute Berlin and Hamburg.

Alumni Discount

BIMM Graduates receive €1,000 off their course fees, if studying the 1-year full-time course. They receive €500 off each year if studying the 2-year part-time course.

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.

Any questions?

For any questions regarding student finance or if you’d like more information on how to apply to BIMM Institute please contact our Admissions Team on +49 (0)30 311 99 186 or email admissions@bimm-institute.de.

 

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