Related to the policy of providing the means by which to satisfy the academic, cultural and social needs of each student, the HCAYS will make available a number of opportunities designed to accommodate the particular situation of each HCAYS participant:
A Spanish Writing Center has been established for voluntary use by the most linguistically advanced students. Those who qualify, by virtue of their current program grades, the recommendation of the appropriate professor, and the permission of the director-in-residence, may review a graded paper from any HCAYS course with a narrative language consultant. The purpose of the center, rather than providing a student with grammar review or basic language work, is to allow qualified individuals the opportunity to polish their skills in written Spanish at the most advanced level.
Any student who would like extra help with written Spanish grammar will, with permission of the director-in-residence, have individual tutorial assistance provided by the program.
The student's language professor determines which of these two options (a Writing Center tutorial or supplementary grammar assistance) is appropriate.
For students whose home department of concentration requires the preparation and submission of a significant paper or thesis in the U.S. during the time of their participation in the HCAYS (e.g. the "Junior Paper" required of students from some colleges and universities), an expert advisor in Madrid is available to help in the research and writing of such a project. This person, presumably, would work in tandem with an official advisor on the home campus.
In recent years, the scope of optional, organized Madrid activities has been considerably expanded. These include cultural visits within the capital and throughout the Madrid environs, as well as a series of outings and conversation sessions with Spanish students.
HCAYS wants that students' experience in Spain is full with cultural events. To make this possible students receive reimbursement for half of the cost of cultural events which they attend individually (theater, film, the bullfight, etc.).
Those activities and cultural events required for a class will be fully reimbursed.