Say you want to become a private investigator. You go to a detective training institute ... Can you call classmate someone who attend the same courses as you do?

I'm hesitant to do this because according to Oxford Dictionary:

a fellow member of a class at school, college, or university.

It doesn't say institute.

But maybe this doesn't matter as long as there is a classroom?

If you can't call such person "classmate," what should you call them?


College is a synonym of institute. If the institute is focused on training a skillset and offers classes to that effect, having students call each other classmates would be appropriate.

If you want to avoid that, you could use colleague or peer.

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