University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna — known also by its acronym «BOKU» — was initially founded as a university of agriculture and forestry in 1872, it nowadays covers a unique scientific spectrum — ranging from agrarian issues to biotechnological research.

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Deriving from its mantra — to be a «University of Life» — BOKU aims to take on a special societal and political responsibility. Its core competency is the research and communication of potential sustainability solutions and the protection of natural resources. As a result, BOKU provides answers to issues of socio-political importance that affect us all.

The BOKU enjoys an outstanding reputation and offers an exceptional environment: It has always been a place of encounter for different fields of science, research topics, opinions, attitudes, people and nationalities; openness and diversity characterise everyday life at this university.

BOKU’s topics in teaching and research:

  • sustainable use of naturally growing raw materials both for energy supply as well as for innovative materials
  • protecting natural resources such as water, soil and atmosphere
  • shaping true to life recycling processes
  • interrelation between food production and health
  • managing biotopes and environments
  • protecting the wellbeing of plants, animals and humans

Quick Facts

  • founded in | 1872
  • number of students | more than 10,000
  • study programmes | 9 bachelor’s, 25 master’s & 3 doctoral programmes


  1. Water, Atmosphere and Environment
  2. Nanobiotechnology
  3. Chemistry
  4. Integrative Biology and Biodiversity Research
  5. Food Sciences and Technology
  6. Landscape, Spatial Economics and Social Sciences
  7. Sustainable Agricultural Systems
  8. Civil Engineering and Natural Hazards
  9. Forest and Soil Sciences
  10. Crop Sciences
  11. Agrobiotechnology (IFA Tulln)
  12. Applied Genetics and Cell Biology
  13. Material Sciences and Process Engineering
  14. Biotechnology


BOKU — the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna supports the concept of a European and global bio-economy 2030, addressing the grand societal challenges: sustainable management of natural resources, sustainable production, improving public health, mitigating climate change, integrating and balancing social developments and global sustainable development.

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

The Centre for Development Research is dedicated to the transfer of know-how and technology for sustainable development in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

An integral part of BOKU is the Vienna Institute of BioTechnology; it is home to those institutes that deal directly or indirectly with this future key technology. Constantly being aware of environmental issues, BOKU was the first Austrian university to receive the European EMAS certificate for its environmental management system in 2006. BOKU’s ‘Centre for Global Change and Sustainability' supports the university in realizing its societal responsibility.

On a somewhat smaller scale, there is the Kids' University, giving children an insight into the world of science by means of age-appropriate lectures; or in-house, the autonomous Equal Opportunities Working Group provides preventive advice and fosters the advancement of women.


BOKU (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences), Vienna
Gregor Mendel-Strasse 33
1180 Vienna
T +43 1 47 654 -0

Information about courses and entrance examinations
Gregor Mendel-Strasse 33
1180 Vienna
T +43 1 47 654−0

Information about international exchange programmes
Peter Jordan-Strasse 82a
1190 Vienna
T +43 1 47 654−2600

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