Ingrid Schmidt is Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs and Director of Study Abroad at North Carolina State University. She has been active in international education for over 20 years, and has held administrative positions at NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill. As Director of Study Abroad, Ingrid develops and implements policies related to credit-bearing international programs, and oversees program development and operations.
Ingrid leads NC State’s strategic planning and implementation for Generation Study Abroad, and has initiated grant-funded projects such as ACE’s At Home in the World, 100,000 Strong in the Americas, the French Embassy’s Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative, and a seed grant for NC State’s K-12 Cultural Correspondents program.
As Associate Vice Provost, Ingrid represents the Office of International Affairs in a variety of internationalization initiatives. She launched the Global Perspectives Certificate, NC State’s first transcripted, university wide undergraduate certificate program, serves on the university’s Committee on Undergraduate Education to develop and implement its General Education Program, is active on the Common Reading selection committee, served on the 2011 student success task force for the university strategic plan, and represents NC State on the UNC system’s University Council on International Programs.
Ingrid has her BA (English and German) and MALS (Languages and Literature) from Wesleyan University, and teacher certification from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is also the recipient of a 1998 Fulbright Grant for International Education Administrators, based in Japan.
Her many secret lives prior to international education include work in a publishing house, in a lung transplant program, in a vocational rehab program for adolescents with autism, and in a high school as an English and German teacher. Most notorious is her four year backpacking trip around the world, during which she is rumored to have eaten goanna lizards.