Virtual Epilepsy Academy (VIREPA)

VIREPA (Virtual Epilepsy Academy)

The International League Against Epilepsy’s Virtual Epilepsy Academy (VIREPA) provides a variety of online courses about the diagnosis, treatment and management of epilepsy. The internet-based, e-moderated courses are highly interactive and involve a great deal of collaboration and discussion among students and faculty. The courses are primarily intended for neurologists, pediatric neurologists and pediatricians, neuropsychiatrists and neuropsychologists, epilepsy nurses and nurse practitioners dealing with patients with epilepsy. However, some courses are appropriate for neurophysiologists and basic scientists including geneticists, physiologists and neuroscientists, who are dealing with patients with epilepsy.

Application for the 2022/23 VIREPA Academic Year is Open

For course details, schedules, and information on how to apply, see further below. For additional information visit:

For questions, please contact ILAE VIREPA staff at courses@ilae.org.

  • EEG in the Diagnosis & Management of Epilepsy – Pediatric (October 2022)
    Course Details • Schedule
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center designates this activity for a maximum of 56 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Neuroimaging for Epilepsy Diagnosis & Management (November 2022) 
    Course DetailsSchedule

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center designates this activity for a maximum of 38 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Application for the January Basic EEG course will open in late October 2022

  • EEG in the Diagnosis & Management of Epilepsy - Basic (January 2023)
    Course Details • Schedule
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center designates this activity for a maximum of 44 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Application for the courses below is closed

  • EEG in the Diagnosis & Management of Epilepsy - Basic (October 2022)
    Course Details •  Schedule
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center designates this activity for a maximum of 44 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • EEG in the Diagnosis & Management of Epilepsy – Advanced (October 2022)
    Course Details • Schedule
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center designates this activity for a maximum of 50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Application Process

Please note that to apply for a course, you will upload your CV as a single file (PDF, Word document, or image file), in English. It is necessary to include all required information in your CV. Do not upload multiple files. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Bursary applicants must include additional information as listed below under Bursary Application Requirements.

Important: If you are a VIREPA alumni, note that the ILAE Academy is a different platform from where the VIREPA courses have been in the past. If you have never logged into the ILAE Academy before, please create a new account here.

If you have already created an account on the ILAE Academy, login with the same username and password you have used for in the past. This is important so that your prior activity will be linked to your account. Remember: do not create a new account on ILAE Academy if you already have one. Upon login, you may be asked to update your profile, including confirming your country and changing your email address if necessary.

If you are prepared to submit your VIREPA application, click here and go to the VIREPA Application tab in the upper navigation.

Applications will be accepted until September 2022, or until the maximum number of applicants for each course is reached.

Bursary Application Requirements

Submission of a letter of recommendation from the bursary applicant’s current workplace or from the leadership of the local ILAE Chapter or Regional Commission stating the expected benefit to the epilepsy care and development in the bursary applicant’s community specific to the VIREPA course for which application is being made is required.

In case such evidence cannot be submitted, a personal letter of motivation is required outlining the benefit the bursary candidate expects for his/her daily practice and professional career specific to the VIREPA course for which application is being made.

Please note that this requirement (letter of recommendation OR personal letter of motivation) is mandatory and is an important part of the decision-making process for the granting of any bursary. It is also important to note that dropping out of a course, or having limited participation in one, may impact future decisions about bursary eligibility. Only one ILAE bursary per year per person per country is possible. Bursaries will be partial bursaries involving partial payment. Partial bursaries will only be available for participants living in countries with low and lower middle income. See categories according to the statistics of the World Bank.

Michael Foundation Support for European Applicants Only

European applicants who cannot afford the full registration fee may apply for support by the Michael Foundation, Germany. The Foundation is willing to cover 50% of the registration fee for a limited number of participants. For more information, please see the Michael Foundation website. If you are interested, application should take place at the same time and in parallel to your course application. The Michael Foundation support is only given on the condition that the course application is accepted.

Photos from the VIREPA Luncheon at the 32nd IEC in Barcelona, September 2017

See more VIREPA photos in the photo galleries from the 32nd International Epilepsy Congress