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Other education and research facilities

Some faculties and study programmes offer special education and research spaces, as well as other additional study facilities. Take a look under your faculty or study programme tab for more information.

Other practical facilities

Lost property

Have you lost something in or around the university? Take a look on iLost. See your lost item? Click on ‘claim item’, answer the control questions and arrange to collect it in person or have it sent to you. Items will be kept for a maximum of three months, with the exception of valuable items (more than €450) which will be kept for one year.

Questions about lost property? Contact the Service Desk of the university building in question.  


Ellips is a program to train your language skills. Find out more about Ellips through the Frequently Asked Questions below.

If you still have a question, consult the Quick Start Guide Ellips and the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Enrolling and logging in

Log on to Ellips with your ULCN-account. First enroll for Ellips via your teacher.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your log on code is identical to your ULCN-account (it starts with an s followed by 7 digits; sxxxxxxx). If the error still occurs, contact the Ellips helpdesk.

When there is a problem with your ULCN-account/password combination you can contact the ISSC helpdesk by telephone 071-527 8888. They will change the password and inform you. See above under "Can't login?"

When a wrong password is entered, an error occurs. To prevent this from happening the log on screen needs to be reloaded, this can be done through the following link.

Notify the helpdesk and it will be corrected.

Maybe you are not using the check button (at the bottom of your screen, in the centre) to verify your answers.

Other questions?

If you still have a question, consult the Quick Start Guide Ellips or fill in this question form

MOOC The Cosmopolitan Medieval Arabic World

  • Did you know that Arabic was for centuries the lingua franca in an area stretching from the south of Spain to the Chinese border?
  • Did you know that the Middle East under Muslim rule in those days was the world’s beating heart of trade, but also of science and scholarship?
  • Did you know that Islam in its formative period was heavily influenced by existing cultures in the region, like Indian, Greek, Persian and Byzantine culture?
  • Did you know that for many centuries after the establishment of the Muslim Empire the majority of the population remained largely Christian and Jewish?
  • Did you know that they held a protected status in Islamic law?
  • Did you know that this generally open-minded, curious and open society stimulated many great innovations and inventions?
  • Did you know that European scholarship in the Renaissance leaned heavily on the texts and inventions from the Middle East which were the outcome of this sophisticated advanced society?

In this course we will focus on the fascinating history of the Arabic Medieval World. We will take you on a journey through the Middle Ages starting off in eighth-century Baghdad. Along the old pilgrim trails we will go to places like Mecca, Jerusalem and Najaf. We will show you the impressive markets of places like Cairo and Samarkand. However we will not hide the dark sides of society either, by introducing you to the flourishing widespread slave trade. We will visit the Abbasid court, the Harem of the caliph, and the palace of the Mamluk Sultan. We will show you some beautiful medieval manuscripts, that live on as the silent witnesses of the impressive achievements of scientists and medical doctors of this forgotten era. All along we will present you with historiographical debates and dilemma’s. Reflecting on the way we look at and interpret history. And while taking you on this journey, we will travel back and forth in time explaining to you how events of the past affected and shaped the world as we know it today.

Enroll in the online course for free on Coursera.

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