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 2017-2018


Christopher Benos(class of 2018) 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 i(class of 2018) majors 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."

Former Advisory Council Members

French Undergraduate Advisory Council Members - 2016-2017


Sofia Dimick(Class of 2017) double majored in French and Global Development Studies. She participated in the Morocco summer program with Professor Bargach in the summer of 2016.

"I’ve been interested in the French language and French and Francophone culture since a very young age. Becoming a French major has only helped my interest to keep growing as I’ve had the chance to study abroad and really develop a skill in the language!"

Natalie Lohr (Class of 2017) majored in French and Government with a minor in Russian Language. She participated in the Lyon Summer Program with Professor Horne,  in the Summer 2015.

"Foreign languages have always been fascinating to me and are extremely important to my academic life-- I now have nearly 9 years of French and 6 years of Russian under my belt.  My study and engagement with the French language has enriched me so much, from my politics and history courses here at UVA to being able to communicate with different people all over--and I certainly hope that in the following years it is as big a part in my life as it is now!"