The integration of students and employees with disabilities or chronic/mental illnesses is an important concern for the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences.

For this reason a special office was established in 2010 in order to ensure equal access to all services and offers of BOKU for the target group and to reduce possible "barriers". Since January 2021 a new Coordination Office for Gender Equality, Diversity and Accessibility was established. 

The Coordination Office is headed by Ruth Scheiber-Herzog, who remains the Disability Representative at BOKU and is primarily responsible for the areas of disability, accessible BOKU and diversity.

Contact: ruth.scheiber(at)

As a service and counselling point support and information about the following topics is offered:

  • Support and information on all study-related questions in connection with disability and/or chronic illness
  • Individual support in organizing your studies
  • Advice on financial assistance
  • Legal framework in Austria
  • Offer of orientation assistance at the beginning of your studies at BOKU
  • Organization of technical and/or personal assistance
  • Cooperation with the rectorate, advocacy groups, teachers/lecturers and those concerned in order to improve learning, working and examination conditions for the target group

This counselling service adresses potential students, current BOKU students and all BOKU employees.


Further important tasks are:

  • Contributing to the implementation of barrier-free access to BOKU buildings
  • Publicity events and Public relations
  • Stimulating projects and seminars about disability-specific topics and issues