The Independent Cultural Immersion Project (ICIP) is an integral component of the Holy Cross Study Abroad experience. It provides students with the opportunity to pursue a special interest in the local culture. The ICIP is not intended as an additional academic class. Instead, it offers students a unique extracurricular or co-curricular opportunity to immerse themselves in an aspect of the local community that matters deeply to them. The purpose of the project is to encourage students to develop a personal interest or passion and, thereby come to better understand their host country. The ICIP thus provides a concrete structure in which dedicated engagement with the project can deeply enrich a student's experience abroad.

Every spring, a graduating senior is selected for the Study Abroad Award for the best ICIP. The award winner is chosen by the Study Abroad Committee.