Can I bring my guide dog to university/courses?

Yes, you are allowed to bring your guide dog to university/courses. At BOKU dogs with a muzzle and a leash are generally allowed.

Are wheelchair spaces in the lecture halls available?

Wheelchair spaces are available in most lecture halls at BOKU. They are located at the front or in the back of the rows of seats. In the seminar rooms the tables are adjustable anyway.

Are there alternatives to participating in practical exercises?

It is possible to provide a substitute work or to apply for support for practical exercises (laboratory or excursions), but this must be clarified in each individual case with the respective course/exercise instructor.

Do I have to pay the increased tuition fee if I need more time/semesters for my studies due to an impairment?

If, due to the impairment, more than the minimum period of study (incl. additional tolerance semesters) is needed for the degree programme, students with a disability are exempt from increased tuition fees. It is required that the disability amounts to at least 50% according to federal regulations. This must be proven to the scholarship office by means of a disability pass from the Ministry of Social Affairs.

Are BOKU buildings barrier free accessible?

Basically, all BOKU buildings are barrier-free accessible and equipped with ramps, lifts/elevators and door openers. In addition, the lifts have been upgraded with a tactile button and audio output. There is a tactile guidance system in most buildings; toilets and lecture halls are equipped with Braille lettering.

[Covid19] Is it possible to attend a correspondence course at BOKU?

Due to the Covid pandemic BOKU courses are currently held online. This applies to courses with a larger amout of students attending. Seminars and "small" courses can be held in presence. Generally, BOKU does not offer a distance learning programme.

For further information about teaching for winter semester 2021/2022 have a look at the BOKU main page.

Where can I get further advice at BOKU?

Disability Representative at BOKU

At BOKU the Disability Representative at the Coordination Office for Gender Equality, Diversity and Accessibility can provide information on questions concerning studying with impairments, especially on compensation for disadvantages during admission, studies and exams, barrier-free access to university buildings, possibilities for support, personal assistance needs or financial questions.
Contact details:

DI Ruth Scheiber-Herzog
Tel.: (01) 47654-10461
E-Mail: kostelle(at) or

Peter Jordan Str. 82 / DG
1190 Vienna

Students from abroad have the possibility to get advice from the staff of BOKU International Relations.

Contact details:

Tel.: +43 1 47654-32000
Fax: +43 1 47654-32009
E-Mail: international(at)
Peter Jordan Str. 82a
1190 Wien

ÖH-BOKU / Student Union at BOKU

The ÖH (Austrian Student Union) is also an important contact point for students with disabilities. The Department of International Affairs is responsible for student mobility (exchange programmes) and international student representation. The Department for Social Affairs advises on issues such as health insurance, barrier-free housing and legal matters.

Contact details:

Tel.: +43 /1/ 47654 - 19100
E-Mail: sekretariat(at)
Peter Jordan Str. 76
1190 Vienna

TIP: If possible, contact various contact points at the university as early as possible for a successful preparation for you studies!