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1 .<-NARRATOR:->Listen to a conversation between a student and his ecology professor.
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->How's it going, Tom?
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->Great. I was- oh! I wanted to tell you... y'know the guest speaker you brought into class last week, from the wildlife conservation center?
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->Susan Brown, yes. She's an old friend from graduate school.
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->Her talk, on wildlife-population modeling... well, it was very theoretical...
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->[affırming] Mmm. It was certainly a change of pace from what we usually do.
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->Yeah, but I think I pretty much followed along. Plus, I like to see people get so passionate about ecology...
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->[remembering] Oh right... ecology's your major field of study, isn't it... yes, Susan Brown's certainly a lively speaker. What a shame she didn't go into teaching.
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->Um, anyway, what I...Well, a while ago, I saw this blurb in the school paper about a- an exchange program, that's part of the study-abroad office... uh, and today there was a booth set up in the student center with a coupla students answering questions about the university's programs in foreign countries.
2 .Seeing the booth reminded me about the article in the paper and...
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->Thinking about going abroad in the coming year?
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->[No.] Actually, I just spent last summer studying in Tokyo... I think that satisfied my urge to travel...
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->It must've been quite an experience.
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->Definitely. Taking all those language courses was really challenging.
2 .But what I wanted to find out at the booth was... it's, um, a domestic exchange program.
3 .Not studying abroad, but studying for a year somewhere else here in the United States.
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->[baffled, intrigued] I don't think I've heard of that.
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->[lightly] Well, neither had the guys in the booth.
2 .They didn't know what I was talking about.
3 .But when I talked to the supervisor in the study-abroad office, it turns out we're part of a- a group of universities throughout the U.S. that does a domestic-exchange program.
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->Huh! So, you spend, what, a year at another university, and your classes count toward your degree here...?
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->Yeah, and I'd pay the same fees... tuition, room, and board... that I pay here. So it doesn't really cost any extra.
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->Interesting.
2 .<-MALE STUDENT:->And, you know, I've lived here in southern Florida my whole life.
3 .And I've always been interested in Montana... the university in Montana, where I want to go, has classes that deal specifically with the ecology there, like... [serious] I'm interested in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
4 .It's such an important ecosystem, being the source of three major rivers, and I want to learn more about it.
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->Wow, this is a unique idea. The climate, the plants, and wildlife... it's really different from here. Probably the culture too, in a way.
2 .And don't forget about all the outdoor activities you could do there... hiking, skiing, and the national parks...
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->[not interested in that] That's true. Uh, anyway, I'll have to get my application together in the next month or so. And I'll need two letters of recommendation... one from a professor in my major department...
1 .<-FEMALE PROFESSOR:->Consider it done.
1 .<-MALE STUDENT:->Thanks.