The European Training Courses in Neurosurgery

*Applications for admission in 2021 are now open*

Application Deadline: 30th September 2020

For application forms, instructions, and details of upcoming courses see the EANS course website.

What it is:
4 annual 4-day courses covering the key topics of:
– Vascular Neurosurgery
– Head Injury/Functional and
– Spine/Peripheral Nerves


Founded in the 1970s by Professors Brihaye, Pia and Vigoroux, the courses aim to serve the needs of neurosurgical trainees in the latter half of their training in neurosurgery.

The excellence of the courses and their scientific and social value is acknowledged throughout the neurosurgical community, and the current committee would like to acknowledge the tremendous part played by the founders, past chairmen of the Training Committee and previous Executive Administrator, Stephanie Garfield-Birkbeck, in bringing this about.


– in order to obtain optimum benefit from the courses, we recommend that new candidates be in their third or fourth year of specialist training
– as of May 2017 there will be 3 course cycles, a summer and a winter cycle of 230 participants, and a spring cycle of 180 participants.
– once accepted for one course cycle, it is not possible to switch to another.

– applicants who are successful are automatically admitted for the full 4 years and must attend 4 consecutive courses within their cycle
– any exceptions to this are at the discretion of the chair of the Training Committee and Executive Director of the EANS
– there are strict arrangements for maternity and paternity leave
– applicants must have a high-level of English, both written and spoken
– all trainees must attend the course unaccompanied
– places on the courses are allocated once a year
– there is only a very limited number of single rooms for participants accommodation allocated strictly on first come-first serve basis on each course, vast majority of participants always stay in twin rooms sharing with another participant