Sapir Academic College's School of Social Work offers exceptional BSW and MSW degree programs that combine classroom, research and field experiences in Israel and abroad.

Interdisciplinary faculty offer a wide range of social work practice, innovative research, and outstanding scholarship that create new alternatives to help underserved populations. The School trains professionals to offer best practice for individuals, families, communities; develop research based initiatives and responses together with marginalized populations; influence public policies and services in the Negev, throughout Israel and internationally.

Our groundbreaking programs include:


Sapir Academic College's School of Social Work BSW is a three-year degree program that offers an in depth grounding in academic theory and practice skills. Many courses take place in small classes and workshops with a focus on active communal involvement with disadvantaged populations in the Negev. Students are assigned supervised fieldwork in a variety of social service agencies, from the first year of studies.

The International Social Work Program

The International Social Work Program is the only one of its kind in Israel. The program offers students exposure to the global issues of poverty, human rights, immigration, disaster recovery and multi-cultural work. Our overseas partners are the School of Social Work in Addis Ababa and the Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work in Nagpur, India. Third year social work students' travel to Ethiopia and India for field assignments, experience novel approaches and professional methods. On return to Sapir, students continue practical training in Israel, including seminars and courses.


Sapir Academic College's School of Social Work MSW is a two-year degree program specializing in Children and Youth Interventions. Due to our location on the Gaza border, our staff have innovative professional experience and knowledge pertaining treating ongoing trauma. Many young people in the Negev have experienced lengthy periods of ongoing security issues and economic distress. Sapir's MSW program focuses on developing a unique children and youth centered approach along with research based interventions and tools.

Retraining Program

Sapir has opened a program for academics that have a bachelor's degree in one of the following disciplines: social sciences, management, communications and law for a short-term BSW. The program operates over four semesters for those students who are not required to complete prerequisite courses. Successful graduates become licensed social workers.

Rotem Center

logo Rotem CenterThe Rotem Center established in 2008, for marginalized young Jewish and Bedouin women and girls, ages 17-35 living in Israel's southern periphery. Participants have dealt with situations of distress in their lives. The Rotem Center expands opportunities for personal, educational and economic empowerment. The Center operates two tracks: The Practice Unit: offers four direct service programs focusing on: the Mentoring program, the Next Station program, Window to the Academia and  Integrating program for young women with disabilities. The Research & Training Unit: offers research and training opportunities focusing on adolescent girls, young women and girlhood studies.

MEZACH: Rights Based Community Practice Centers Network

Mezach (Merkaz Zchutyot Hevratiyot): Negev Rights-Based Community Practice Centers, established by the School of Social Work in Sderot, Ofakim and Beersheva, serves thousands of residents annually. A fourth center will be opening in the city of Rahat. Rights-Based Community Practice developed at McGill University, Canada, offers disadvantaged people the tools to participate in the decision making processes that affect their lives, influencing policy makers. Mezach provides free assistance and accessible knowledge about rights for impoverished citizens facing official bureaucracy. The Mezach Network offers residents free peer-counselor and community activist training courses. About 100 local graduates now operate on a volunteer basis in all three centers with minimal staff. The Mezach Training Center provides Rights-Based Community Practice training to professional social workers from all sectors of Israeli society, as well as Sapir's social work students.


Imagine a method of intervention with individuals, groups, teams and communities - with horses! Eagala is an experiential intervention for participants to learn about themselves and others through activities with horses. They then process feelings, patterns of action and behavior. Talking about horses creates a safe space that allows participants to express themselves openly. Sapir Academic College's School of Social Work currently operates Eagala interventions and is set to embark on pioneering research in the field.

Rotem Center participants  joining an EEGALA activity
Rotem Center participants  joining an EEGALA activity

  • Administrative Staff

    Dr. Merav Moshe-Grodovsky - Head of School

    Yael Nitzan - Administrative Director

    Reut Farber - Practical Field Training Director

    Hadar Elbaz - Special Programs Director

    Gal Machluf - Students Secretary
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