The UK may have left the EU, but here at BIMM Institute, we are determined to keep our community of creative students as diverse and vibrant post-Brexit as always. We are committed to being a friendly international community.
And we want to make sure you have all the information you need about Brexit and how it affects you. Whether you’re looking to study at BIMM Institute or are a current student, this page should help answer any questions you may have.
BIMM Institute is a British organisation, but our colleges in Germany are fully registered as a provider of academic degrees to our students, and also as an employer to our lecturers and support staff. We have worked hard to establish state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of Berlin and Hamburg and deliver industry-leading education to our students. In short, we are here to stay.
We will continue to update this page with what we hope is useful information
Brexit and prospective students
BIMM Institute receives applications from all over the world. We have representatives and agents in the EU/EEA and other overseas regions. And last year, we enrolled over 1000 students from overseas countries. We know how important it is that this continues.
That’s why we are continuously developing partnerships abroad to raise awareness of our Degree courses, which are recognised worldwide. Our dedicated Admissions Team will ensure your application process is easy to navigate and that you are well-informed throughout.
Are my course fees affected by Brexit?
There will be no change to the tuition fee status of EU and UK students applying to study at BIMM Institute Berlin and Hamburg and enrolling in September 2021. As the application period for the 2021-22 academic year has been during the Brexit transition period, UK students who enrol in September 2021 will pay EU rate tuition fees for the duration of their degree at BIMM Institute Berlin or Hamburg. For more information, visit our Fees & Finance page.
Will my BIMM Institute qualification still be valid after Brexit?
Despite Brexit, Britain will remain part of the EU Academic Framework, meaning that British academic titles (including BMus, BA and MA) will continue to be recognised in the EU and internationally.
You can access more information on this via the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s website here.
Will my Bafög eligibility be affected?
BIMM Institute is continuing to liaise with the Federal Education Authorities in Berlin and Hamburg to establish if BAföG funding can continue, dependent on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
In 2020, BIMM Institute Berlin and Hamburg students could apply for BAföG maintenance support for their living costs (subject to eligibility criteria), however this entitlement expired when the UK left the EU on December 31st 2020.
The implementation of this new agreement between the EU and UK is still ongoing. If BAföG funding entitlement does resume under this new agreement, we will keep you updated via the Fees & Finance section of our website.
Your rights as an EU citizen
There will be no change to the status of EU students wishing to study at BIMM Institute in Germany in 2021 onwards. The same freedom of movement will remain in place.
Your rights as a non-EU citizen
There will be no change to the status of non-EU students wishing to study at BIMM Institute in Germany in 2021 onwards For further information, please visit our Visa Information page or reference the German Federal Foreign Office’s website: www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/
Your rights as a UK citizen
The status of UK citizens wishing to move to and study in Germany from 2021 onwards has now changed, and British students will require a visa to stay in Germany longer than 90 days (3-months) from point of arrival.
The visa must be applied for via the German Mission (Embassy) in the UK before relocation and studies begin. We recommend allowing at least 90 days (about 3 months) for visa processing, as demand can be high around university start dates and the Coronavirus pandemic has placed added strain on visa application turnaround times.
For more information and to arrange a visa application:
- German Embassy London and Consulate General Edinburgh: uk.diplo.de/uk-en
- German Federal Foreign Office’s website: www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/
- Gov UK guidance on living in Germany: www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-germany
- Gov UK guidance on study in the EU: www.gov.uk/guidance/study-in-the-european-union
On arrival in Germany, you will need to register at your local registration office within 14days. These offices are commonly referred to as the Bürgeramt, but can have different titles locally such as Einwohnermeldeamt, Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR) or Bürgerbüro.
- Berlin Registration Information: www.berlin.de/willkommenszentrum/en/arrival/registration-requirements/
- Hamburg Registration Information: www.hamburg.com/welcome/entry-residence/general-regulations/
BIMM Institute has committed to not making any changes to the tuition fees for British students wishing to study in Berlin or Hamburg, who will be entitled to the same fees as German or EU students. For further information check our Fees and Finance page.
Want to speak to someone about Brexit?
We’re committed to making your transition to Germany as smooth as possible. For help, support or advice, please call or email us between 9am-5pm CET using the contact details below.
Tel: +49 30 311 99 186