Why the change? Why only for students?

BOKUonline Version 2, which was previously used at BOKU, was originally developed in the early 2000s with the then common technologies such as frames for use on desktop PCs.

In the meantime, however, usage behavior has changed radically and there has been a shift towards mobile devices such as cell phones, laptops and tablets. Therefore, the main goal for BOKUonline 3.0 was to enable the usage on these devices.

Besides the adaptation of the optical user interface, the decision was also made to renew the underlying technology (previously PLSQL, now Java). This means that all applications have to be programmed from scratch. Due to the large number of existing applications, the adaptation of the elementary applications of the Student Life Cycle was preferred. All other applications (incl. the employee area) will be successively added later.

So the current version of BOKUonline 3.0 is the first step on a longer journey with stepwise adjustments and improvements.

Startingpage and Login

Both employees and students use the start screen in the new design.

Registration is now done via Shibboleth authentication. Shibboleth is a Single-Sign-On authentication, which was already used in some applications (e.g. in BOKUweb).

After successful login, staff members are redirected to the usual BOKUonline view, students use the new design.

By using Shibboleth the logout screen also changes. If you are logged in to several applications, a message appears that you would also be logged out of these applications.

Responsive Design, integrated and migriated applications

One of the main goals of the conversion is the improved use of BOKUonline on mobile devices (cell phones, tablets).

This is achieved by making the design now "repsonsive", i.e. automatically adapting to different screen sizes and resolutions.

Depending on the end device, the display may therefore differ.

In a first step, an attempt was made to revise the standard processes of the student lifecycle in the repsonsive design. In this case, we speak of migrated applications (e.g. for course search and exam registration).

Other, less centralized applications will only be revised in the near future and are therefore only integrated (i.e. the application is unchanged and is only displayed in the new design. This will also result in restrictions regarding responsive design).

We are constantly working on the changeover of the integrated applications.

Course search and registration

Please make yourself familiar with the changed applications of the course search and course or examination registration in good time.

Instructions can be found on the subpages

Course search and registration

Exam registration

Further innovations


Often needed applications can be stored as favorites to find them faster. Just click on the settings icon (three dots) at the application and select "Add to favorites". In addition, folders can be created in the Favorites and the favorites can be moved to the folders.

Personal settings

The personal settings can be found in the upper right corner by clicking on the name. Here you can set the default profile (staff or students) or the preferred color scheme. In the first step, however, there is only one default scheme.

For a permanent change of the language it is sufficient to switch between DE and EN in the upper right corner, BOKUonline remembers the selection.


The search is currently limited to rooms, staff and organizations. An all-in-one search is already being worked on.