Blackboard & ULCN

Information on all ICT related matters.

Computer Facilities

In the Pieter de la Court Building there are approximately 265 computers available for use by students. There are computers on the first floor, in the basement and in the halls on the first, second, third and fourth floor.  

A copy card is needed for printing and can be bought from the copy card machine next to the Service Desk (1st floor) and on the ground floor. Every student has personal space on the network of the faculty of Social Sciences. This entails that you can save documents on every computer within the building and re-open and edit them from any other computer.

ULCN (uSis and uMail)

ULCN is the abbreviation for Universiteit Leiden Community Network. Every student can access ULCN via internet. Students will mainly use uSis and uMail.        

uSis is used 

  • to access exam results        
  • to change your home address
  • to register/de-register for exams
  • to register/de-register for courses

uMail is your university e-mail box through which notifications from the Institute of Political Science and the University are sent. This uMail account is linked to the university’s student administration system. This means that all official e-mails go to this e-mail address. You will have to read your uMail on a regular basis.


Leiden University uses Blackboard, a digital environment to support coursework comprised of interactive forums for every respective course. Blackboard is used to share information by placing slides and lectures from classes, announcements and other useful documents in an accessible virtual space. It also has e-mail, group discussion, and grade book functions. You can find Blackboard on

To log in on Blackboard you need your ULCN-account and password. You can enroll for courses by looking up the course in Blackboard under ‘courses’, ‘faculteit der sociale wetenschappen’, ‘politicologie’, and then your programme. You can enroll by clicking the ‘enroll’ button on the right side. You are now enrolled for the course. This course will appear on your start page from now on, the ‘My Institution’ page.

Questions regarding ICT?

If you have general questions on computer facilities you can contact the Help Desk ISSC is located on the first floor next to the service desk in the Pieter de la Court Building. Tel: 071 527 8000.
If you have questions regarding U-mail, please contact the ISSC helpdesk. Tel: 071 527 8888. A special uSis helpdesk on the first floor is opened every day from 11.00 till 13.00.
Political Science students who have questions regarding blackboard can contact Dr. Frits Meijerink, Blackboard coordinator of the Institute of Political Science.

Last Modified: 19-07-2013