Students from Lancaster and Morecambe College visited Poland to develop their understanding of international relations.
Public service students went to some of the most iconic locations in Kraków, the second largest city in the country.
They visited the Auschwitz concentration camps to experience an extreme form of law and order first-hand.
The trip was purposely held in March so that they could appreciate the harsh weather conditions prisoners of both camps would have had to endure on a day-to-day basis.
The students also visited Wawel Castle and took a tour of the impressive cathedral and royal palace within the grounds.
They went to the salt mines, the original source of Poland’s wealth, that have now been formed into grottoes, chapels and cathedrals.The students took part in a lecture at Kraków University, the second oldest University in Eastern Europe.
The lecture looked at the changes that have occurred in Poland since 1989, including their return to Europe and integration into the European Union and NATO.
Course organiser for the trip, John Entwistle said: “The trip to Kraków opened the students’ eyes to how we can learn through travelling, and showed them one of the most atrocious examples of man’s inhumanity in the 20th century. They got to experience modern-day Poland and how it is working its way towards catching up with the rest of Europe. We certainly hope to repeat the trip next year. Our current first year students are already talking about it.”