How to Apply

Applying to study at a BIMM Institute in Germany

If you already know the course you wish to apply for then just follow our simple step by step guide below to making an application.

If you are not yet sure what the best course is for you, please contact our Admissions Team on +49 (0)30 311 99 186 or email admissions@bimm-institute.de.

Good luck. We can’t wait for you to start your career in music.

You can apply directly to BIMM Institute Germany by submitting an online application form.

Undergraduate Online Application Form

Postgraduate Online Application Form

We recommend that you attend one of our onsite or Virtual Open Days throughout the year so that you’re fully informed about BIMM Institute before you submit your application. Please try not to leave your application to the last minute, as courses do fill up very quickly and we wouldn’t want you to be disappointed if our places are full.

Our Application Forms for undergraduate and postgraduate study contain a section for you to submit a personal statement, outlining why you are interested in study at BIMM Institute and giving you the opportunity to explain more about yourself and your musical/ creative industries journey, and importantly your career aspirations and how BIMM Institute can help you achieve this. Please reference our Personal Statement Guide (PDF) for some ideas of what to include. Postgraduate (Masters) applicants should note that the inclusion of one or two academic references, where valid, is encouraged in their personal statements.

UK applicants are also able to apply for BIMM Hamburg or Berlin courses via UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service in the UK. When applying for a BIMM Institute Germany course through UCAS you’ll need to enter our Institution Code (B39) and the Hamburg Course Code (H) / Berlin Campus Code (B). If you’re applying via this route you may find our UCAS Application Guide (PDF) helpful, here you’ll find useful information about completing your application. You may find it is cheaper and easier to apply for BIMM Institute Hamburg or Berlin directly, however.

Application Deadlines

1st February: Early application deadline

You are interested in studying at BIMM Germany, and would like to apply from a European or any international country?

From this deadline, there are still 8-months remaining until you’ll join the BIMM Institute community, and take your first step towards your life in music. The start of tuition is the 27th September 2021. Enrolment, freshers & induction activity runs from 13th until 24th September 2021.

This might sound like a lot of time however, we recommend you to submit your application by 1st of February 2021. Our application process includes specific entry requirements when it comes to submitting your exam grades for different study areas, a proof of an English language certificate (e.g. IELTS) as well as a study visa if you’re planning to move to Germany to study from outside Europe. Applying by the suggested deadline allows yourself enough time to arrange your English language test, apply for your visa, arrange moving to Germany and prepare yourself and succeed in your audition or interview! That also gives you enough time to develop your practice from the advice of our lecturers and complete a re-sit, if your first audition or interview isn’t successful.

If you are a UK resident, please be aware of Brexit and any legislative changes which could impact your planning to study with BIMM Institute in Germany.

For all applications that are submitted by 1st of February 2021, we also can guarantee availability in the course of your choice.

26th April: Recommended EU application deadline

You are interested in studying at our BIMM Institute Berlin or BIMM Institute Hamburg colleges, and are applying from another European country?

From this deadline, there are five months left until you start your studies at Europe’s largest music college. If you are studying, we hope that your exams are going well and are able to use your time in-between to focus on your future studies!

Even if you are moving from a European country and might not need a study visa, or a study visa is simple to access, there are still steps you should take into account and apply by our recommended deadline of 26th of April 2021.

Please note that our application process includes specific entry requirements, proof of English language (e.g. academic English-language results or IELTS) as well as an audition (for all Performance courses and Songwriting) or interview (for Music Production and Music Business). You still have time at this point to develop your practice and complete a second audition or interview, should the first instance of this not be successful.

Our German colleges are based right in the heart of the music and creative hubs of Berlin and Hamburg. Therefore finding accommodation might take some time, so please allow yourself the recommended time to pass the application process and plan your move to Germany, and begin your career in the music industry!

15th June: Recommended German (domestic) application deadline

You are interested in studying with us at BIMM Institute Germany and live in Germany/ are of German nationality?

We hope you have passed the first round in the exam period successfully and wish you the best of luck for your upcoming exams! Knowing that most of you will still be awaiting Abitur results, we would like to encourage you to submit your application for study BEFORE you receive your final results and

by 15th of June 2021 at the latest. If you receive/ are awarded any Abitur results after this date, please pass them onto our BIMM Institute Germany Admissions Department via email. We’ll help coordinate this with you.

Courses will be filling up quickly by this point and we recommend to apply by 15th of June 2021 to guarantee your place at the course of your choice. For all applications submitted after this date, course study is subject to availability.

From this deadline, there are 15-weeks remaining until you will join the BIMM Institute community and will complete your first step towards a career in the music industry. The start of your first semester is on 27th September 2021, and there is enrolment, induction and freshers activities scheduled from 13th until 24th September. Additionally, the application process includes an audition (for all Performance courses as well as Songwriting) or an interview (for Music Production and Music Business). You will need some time to prepare yourself for the audition or interview, and if you are not successful in your first audition or interview we provide a second chance to develop your practice based on our lecturer feedback and return for a second audition or interview. We therefore highly recommend giving yourself time to complete these steps with minimal stress, and applying by the 15th June deadline.

30th August: Final application deadline

Are you interested in studying at BIMM Institute, but have not applied yet? You still have the chance to submit your application!

Our application process includes different steps and entry requirements such as certain academic entry grades, proof of English language (e.g. academic English-language results or IELTS) and an audition or interview depending on the course you are interested in. The 30th August is the final deadline to apply and complete the required steps to gain entry to study at BIMM Institute.

Our Admissions Teams in Berlin and Hamburg will do everything possible to still bring you on board for your Semester start on 27th of September 2021. However, if you are applying from a non-EU country then the Visa application process will require some time to complete. If you do encounter delays, it is possible to enter studies through to the third week of Semester 1 (week commencing 11th October 2021). If you are unable to join by this week we will advise that you defer your application until September 2022, as we cannot accept any students starting studies after week 3 of Semester 1.

Study places will have been filling up quickly throughout the year, so note that if you wish to apply for September 2021 study and we receive your application after 30th August, then study is strictly subject to availability and capacity on your chosen course. You may have to join a waiting list for course entry if places are full by this point, and please contact our Admissions Team for further information.

We wish you the best of luck throughout your exams period and in succeeding in your audition or interview for your studies at BIMM Institute, and look forward to welcoming you as a student as Europe’s most connected music college!

Our Admissions Team are happy to support you in your application process. You can reach our colleagues at admissions@bimm-institute.de or via phone at +49 (0)30 311 99 186 (Berlin) and +49 (0)40 874 09 632 (Hamburg).

Once we’ve received your application, we’ll invite you to attend BIMM Institute for an audition and assessment – this can take place at our Hamburg or Berlin campuses. If it’s difficult for you to travel to BIMM Institute in person, we’ll arrange for a remote audition/assessment to take place with one of our lecturers on your course area in either Hamburg or Berlin.

Performance (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals) and Songwriting

If you’re applying to BIMM Institute for one of our performance-based courses and are an EU-based student, we’ll expect you to attend BIMM Institute for an audition in one of our performance rooms. If it’s difficult for you to travel to BIMM Institute in person, we’ll arrange for a remote audition to take place. We’ll send you details of the requirements before your audition so you know what is expected on the day.

All BIMM Institute auditions are free of charge. Upon arrival at the BIMM Institute campus, you’ll be greeted individually and have the opportunity to have any questions answered. During your individual audition, we’ll discuss your personal aspirations and the ways in which we can help you to achieve your goals.

After your audition, you’ll be debriefed by a member of the Admissions Team and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions regarding the course you’re applying for. We’ll then either make you an offer of a place or suggest how you can develop your skills further to meet the required standard for entry to your course.

Music Production

If you’re applying to BIMM Institute for our Music Production course, we’ll want to review a small portfolio of work showcasing your production experience.

If you are an EU-based student, we’ll expect you to attend BIMM Institute for an interview. If you’re not based in the EU or if it’s difficult for you to travel to BIMM Institute in person, we’ll arrange for a remote interview to take place with a lecturer on your course area. An offer will then be made based upon your qualifications, portfolio review and a successful interview.

Music Business

For our Music Business course, you’ll be required to complete an application form including a personal statement. You will also be required to attend an interview in person and present an outline of your experience engaging with the music or creative industries to one of our lecturers. If it’s difficult for you to join us in person, we’ll arrange for a remote interview to take place via Skype with one of our lecturers, and all interview requirements will be sent to you in advance so you can prepare.

An offer will then be made based upon your qualifications, experience and a successful interview.

After your audition or interview, our lecturer will inform you immediately if you have successfully met the required entry standard for our courses, and you’ll be debriefed by a member of the Admissions Team who can also discuss any further questions you may have and advise whether you can be offered a Conditional (dependant on any outstanding proofs of qualifications) or Unconditional offer of study at BIMM Institute. The Admissions Team will follow this up by email.

If you are unsuccessful at your audition or interview, you will be provided with comprehensive development feedback so you know which areas of your practice to work on. You will also be invited back for another audition or interview at a later date. All auditions and interviews can be arranged by contacting our Admissions Team directly on +49 30 311 99 186 or emailing admissions@bimm-institute.de.

Please note that on some occasions, our lecturers may advise a period of development lasting some months. For these reasons we highly recommend submitting your completed application form and arranging your audition or interview at the earliest opportunity to allow time for this if required.

If you are offered a place, you’ll be sent a contract and offer letter via email by our Admissions Team. It’s then up to you to confirm if you wish to take up your place and return the signed study contract to us within 14 days of receipt.

Our Admissions Team is available to help with any queries you may have about applying to BIMM. Please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling +49 30 311 99 186, emailing admissions@bimm-institute.de or filling in the ‘Application Enquiry’ website form.

Please note: EU and some non-EU students may qualify for Bafög maintenance support from the German Government, which can be used to help pay your fees or living costs. This funding and eligibility will be reviewed after January 1st 2021 and will be dependant on the type of agreement between the EU and UK after the Brexit deadline. For further information, please check our Fees & Finance section on the BIMM Institute website.

UK Students should also be aware that BIMM Institute Hamburg or Berlin courses do not qualify for Student Loans Company funding.

Any questions?

If you require any further assistance, please contact our Admissions Team on +49 (0)30 311 99 186 or email admissions@bimm-institute.de.

 

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