Additional non-scientific offers are soft skill trainings, German language courses and career development.
German language courses can be attended at the universities of Bochum and Düsseldorf. In irregular time periods there are also German courses for beginners organized at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung.
Soft skill trainings are organized three times a year. Topics are for example project management, presentation skills and scientific writing. Also demands of the doctoral students are considered.
In order to prepare the students for their future professional life, career development is also part of the IMPRS-SurMat curriculum realized by workshops, talks or meetings with alumni.