The integration of students and staff members with special needs is a key concern for the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. 

For students with disabilities and/or physical or mental health issues, BOKU provides a service and counselling department: the Staff Unit for the Support of People with Special Needs.

Persons with a study-related impairment should be directly addressed and supported. Students or staff with the following can expect a full range of support and services:

  • Mobility impairment
  • Sensory impairment
  • Hearing impairment
  • Speech impairment
  • Mental issues (depression, burnout, ...)
  • Chronic conditions (diabetes, Crohn's disease, ...)
  • Partial performance weaknesses (dyslexia, dyscalculia, ...)
  • Autism, AD(H)D

What is offered?

  • Assistance and information on all study-related questions connected to disabilities and/or chronic conditions
  • Individual assistance with organisation of study time
  • Counselling on funding opportunities
  • Legal framework
  • Offer to provide guidance when commencing university studies
  • Organisation of technical and/or personal assistance
  • Co-operation with the Rectorate, stake-holders, instructors and other persons concerned in order to provide improved learning, working and examination conditions for the target group.

Furthermore, the scope of duties includes:

  • Assisting in the realisation of barrier-free access to all BOKU buildings
  • Organising public events
  • Public relations
  • Stimulating projects and seminars dealing with handicap-specific topics and issues


DI Ruth Scheiber-Herzog
Staff Unit for the Support of People with Special Needs
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Gregor-Mendel-Straße 33/3/24, 1180 Wien
Telephone: 0043- 1/47654-10461
Email: ruth.scheiber(at)