Imke Schmidt read Scandinavian Studies, English Studies, German Literature and German as a Foreign Language at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, completing her studies with a Master Degree (Magistra Artium) in 2005. 
After graduating from university she worked as an author and editor of language teaching and learning material for publishing houses in Germany and taught German as a Foreign Language at different institutions in Germany and at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.