Undergraduate Advisory Council

The Undergraduate Advisory Council serves as a liaison between the Director of the Undergraduate Program and students enrolled in French courses. Appointed by the DUP in late spring, the 3-4 Council members may choose to serve for 1 or 2 academic years, beginning in fall.  In 2015, the Council created  'Friends of French Newsletter', a news and events round-up published  by and for students in French every other week during the academic year.

French Undergraduate Advisory Council Members 2016-2017


Christopher Benos is a 4th-year studying Honors Politics and French. For his research on French legal reforms, Christopher was awarded the 2016 MAAS Prize. He also received the 2017 T. Braxton Woody Award for contributions to French and participated in the 2016 UVa-in-Lyon Summer Program with Professor Horne.

"The challenges we face as a global community require a comparative and thoughtful approach to analysis and a commitment to cross-cultural understanding. As a student of political science and French, my language studies have provided a rich channel through which to examine many of these challenges in a diverse and intimate setting. I am excited to build on these learning experiences in graduate school and throughout my professional and personal life."


Sarah Rupert is a third-year major in International Relations and French, currently living in the Maison Française.

"I lived in Côte d'Ivoire when I was little, and I hope to work in a francophone country after I graduate."