Z_GIS online compact – academic short courses delivered online.
Acquire new skills and stay up to date! Choose from a set of online courses in the geospatial domain that are offered by the University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics. Z_GIS online compact are instructor-led courses that are tailored to the needs of working professionals. You can work through the materials at your own pace and get individual support by the lecturer whenever needed.

The Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS integrates cutting-edge research with application-oriented teaching. You will get personal guidance from leading experts in the field and tutors will provide individual support. As a participant in a Z_GIS online compact course, you can thus take advantage of the strong expertise and the didactical experience of our faculty.

Z_GIS online compact courses are provided by UNIGIS, the best established distance-learning program for GIS in the world. A personal introduction will make sure that you get acquainted with the organisation, media and tools of distance-learning. Together with a cohort of other participants, you will then study in the selected intake of the Z_GIS online compact course. All necessary materials and software will be provided via an online learning platform. All you will need is an ordinary computer with internet access.

Courses are offered three times a year and will take three months. During this time, you work through the materials and solve individual assignments. At the end, you submit your assignment solutions, for which you will get a grade together with an extensive feedback. After successful completion, you will get a confirmation that certifies your study performance according to the European ECTS-standards for Higher Education.

Currently, the following courses are offered:

Are you interested in taking a course? Can we assist you with further questions? Contact us via email. We promptly will get back to you with available dates for your course of interest and the respective application form.

Starting dates

Next course: 5th July 2021. The introductory webinar will be held on 17th June 2021, 5pm CET. Registration deadline: 17th June 2021


The tuition fee for a 6-ECTS, three-month Z_GIS online compact course will be € 900.–.
Should you decide to continue after taking this course with a UNIGIS study, you will get a reimbursement of € 500.-. Moreover, credits are fully transferrable to the Electives of UNIGIS programs.

Required Hardware

An ordinary PC with internet connection.

Level of English language proficiency

Recommended is language level B2 or higher according to the Common European Framework (CEF), or an equivalent level. We rely on your self-assessment, no language proof is needed.


Advanced GIS competencies (experienced GIS users with the competence to get acquainted independently with new software environments). Basic programming skills are beneficial (e.g. Python, Java), a generally positive attitude to coding is required.


The successful completion of a Z_GIS online compact course does not guarantee eligibility for the continuation of your studies in a UNIGIS study program. Please check the respective requirements or contact the UNIGIS office.