JSMC doctoral researchers can choose from central as well as specific programs, which are divided into three categories: a scientific program, a mentoring program, and a softskill training program. Courses are given in English to develop and attract an international community. Internationally-renowned guest researchers are invited for summer schools, international symposia and seminars provided for the doctoral researchers of the JSMC. The study programs are certified on the basis of an ECTS credit point system. A thesis committee guarantees close supervision of each doctoral researcher from the viewpoints of the different faculty specializations.