A Barrier-Free Study Environment
WU offers a wide range of services and infrastructure to make its academic programs barrier-free and accessible to everyone.
BeAble – studying without barriers
BeAble is a support program for students with physical impairments, chronic illnesses, disabilities, or learning disorders. During the semester, they are accompanied by more advanced students who provide help and support.
Assistive technology room in the WU University Library
At the WU University Library, people with disabilities can use a special room equipped with assistive technologies. This room features special hard- and software, a computer with a refreshable braille display, a braille printer, a book scanner, a video magnifier, etc. The assistive technology room is located on level 4 of the Central Library (room LC.4.026).
Learn@WU, WU’s eLearing platform, assists WU students in preparing for exams and organizing their day-to-day academic work at WU, and it offers forums and live chat features that allow students to get in touch with fellow students and teachers. Both the WU website and the Learn@WU platform are designed to ensure barrier-free accessibility for WU students with disabilities.
Other support programs and financial aid
Federal top-up scholarship
Students with a degree of disability of 50% or more are entitled to a top-up on their federal scholarship (Studienbeihilfe). Depending on the type of disability, the following monthly top-up payments are available:
€ 160 extra for blind people or people with severely impaired vision and wheelchair users
€ 420 extra for deaf people or cochlea implant users
People with disabilities also have a longer entitlement period for federal scholarships. For students with a degree of disability of 50% or more, the entitlement period is extended by 2 semesters per degree program phase. In addition, the age limit for federal scholarships was raised from 30 to 35 years for people with disabilities who are starting a degree program (see also www.stipendium.at/english-information/).
Please note: The exact amount of the federal scholarship depends on a set of different criteria. For more information, please see the website of the Austrian Study Grant Authority.
Families with adult children are only entitled to receive a family allowance (Familienbeihilfe) if the children are in the process of completing an education. To be entitled to the family allowance as a student, it is necessary to be enrolled in a degree program. As a general rule, if all the requirements are met, students are eligible to receive the family allowance up until their 24th birthday.
The organization WAG Assistenzgenossenschaft helps people with disabilities find appropriate personal assistance. Personal assistants provide support to people with disabilities in all areas where they need help. This may for instance include the following activities:
Accompanying people with disabilities on their way to work (e.g. opening doors on the subway for a wheelchair user)
Assistance at the workplace (e.g. carrying heavy bags of flour for a baker who uses a wheelchair)
Assistance in everyday life (shopping, visits to the doctor, household chores, etc.)
Assistance for students (e.g. accompanying a student with severely impaired vision to the library)
Please click here for further details and contact information (in German).
Click here for a list of support organizations (in German).
elevators with voice announcements
Elevators with voice output provide assistance and orientation to people with vision impairments. Digital voice announcements are available in 43 elevators across Campus WU.
Automatic doors help all people, and especially those with reduced mobility, to move around Campus WU more easily. 650 doors on campus are equipped with automatic door openers.
(barrier-free) first aid rooms
13 (barrier-free) first aid rooms are available at WU. To find out where these rooms are located, please use our interactive campus map.
Links for further information
Web page of the Disability Commissioner for Students