I'm Yuki, a rising sophomore at Yale, and am in Beijing right now participating in Harvard Beijing Academy 2017 (HBA). Every week until week9, I will post an article about what I am experiencing and what I am learning here.
A little bit of my Chinese ability and the level of classes at HBA: Having taken Chinese120 and 130 at Yale, I am in Chinese130, a class for non-heritage third-year students here. If you haven't taken Chinese130 at Yale, you will definitely be in 120 here and if you have taken 140 at Yale, you'll be in 130 here. However, for those who took up to 130 at Yale, which class you will be in is uncertain. In my case, I think my knowledge of Japanese (including Japanese way of understanding classical Chinese) helped me a lot when taking the placement test and was decided to be in 130.