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Harvard University and Yale University in the USA, and the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and the University of Dublin, as well as separately the University of York and Durham University in Britain and Ireland, have a tradition of pairing their respective residential colleges or houses with one another.[1][2][3] Colleges that are paired are referred to as sister colleges, and have a ceremonial and symbolic relationship to one another. Students at one college can often find accommodation at their sister college should they be visiting the other University; this is especially relevant to Harvard and Yale students during the annual Game.


Secondary schools in Ireland which are run by the same religious order are often referred to as "sister colleges" and enjoy a privileged relationship with one another. For example, the Jesuit Belvedere College and Clongowes Wood College are sister colleges.

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