The BIMM Study Exchange

Two cities. A thousand possibilities.

All of our colleges are located in cities where music matters most. And because we have this impressive network of institutes across Europe, we can provide something truly unique: the BIMM Institute Study Exchange Programme. This one-of-a-kind opportunity is something that you just can’t find in any other contemporary music college.

This exclusive initiative is available on qualifying courses.* You’ll be able to complete your music course in two different European cities by studying across two of our BIMM colleges in London, Berlin, Hamburg, Brighton, Manchester, Bristol or Birmingham.** You can begin your studies in one city before transferring to another for your second year. For your final year, you can choose to stay or head back to your ‘home’ college.

Studying in two cities can be a real boost for your early career. It forces you to step out of your comfort zone, double your contacts and immerse yourself in a completely different music scene.

*The BIMM Institute Study Exchange is only available on courses validated by BIMM Institute across both chosen locations.

**Terms and conditions apply.

We caught up with Brooke Williams, who studied at BIMM Manchester and moved to BIMM London for her third year, about her experience:

“I’ve always wanted to live in London and actually applied to BIMM London and Manchester on UCAS. In my first year I wanted to live in halls and couldn’t afford to be in London, Manchester was a lot cheaper and was also closer to home, so I decided to choose Manchester. The move to London felt right for me at the time as the Manchester scene didn’t quite fit my own tastes and needs anymore.

Moving forces you to step out of your comfort zone to make new contacts and friends. Now I’ve moved I’m pretty sure I’ll stay here after graduation. It’s also great to have this opportunity whilst student finance is still helping you out! I think if I’d have come here as a fresher I would have been really overwhelmed but I’m more comfortable now as I’ve already lived away from home and I have events experience”

Studying in two cities could be an adrenalin shot for your early career. You could double your contacts and gain a reputation on two different live circuits. You could enrich your writing with exposure to new cultures and genres, and forge broader relationships with the industry that help you burst into your career.

And best of all, the BIMM Study Exchange doesn’t mean a stack of paperwork. Our brilliant Admissions Team are here to help you start the adventure as easily as possible – and support you with anything you need. Just call our admissions team on 0844 2646 666 or apply online – then get your bags packed.

Find out more about the cities where music matters most – Music Cities