To acquaint program participants with the cultural aspects of life in Madrid, a series of optional free or inexpensive activities are planned, which varies but often includes lectures on local customs and contemporary issues, sports events, walking tours and dinners.
- Four-day, three-night excursion to País Vasco, or similar,
- Half-day guide in Bilbao
- Half-day guide in San Sebastián
- Entries to the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Museo de la Paz in Guernica, and Lighthouse in Biarritz
- Three-day, two-night excursion to Barcelona
- Half-day guided walking tour and coach tour of Barcelona